Andrea Maier (b. 1978) was raised on medical science. After her father fled what was then the GDR, her parents established a general medical practice in West Germany. After completing her studies she moved to the Netherlands in 2003. She is an internist and professor of gerontology at the VU University in Amsterdam and at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is also director of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Maier studies the ageing body and investigates possible preventive treatments.