Sarah Hedtrich studied pharmacy at the University of Leipzig and earned her doctorate in 2009 from Freie Universität Berlin. She had postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and Tufts University in Boston, as well as at Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich. Since 2015 she has been a junior professor of pharmacology at Freie Universität with an emphasis on reducing animal research at the Institute of Pharmacy. One major focus of her research group is the reconstruction of healthy and diseased human skin in vitro. Her team investigates the pathophysiological mechanisms of inflammatory skin diseases using three-dimensional skin models, while avoiding animal experiments altogether.