Prof. Stefan Simon, deputy director of the Rathgen Research Laboratory since 2005, left the institute in April 2014 to take up his new post as director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale's West Campus. Dr. Ina Reich has now assumed the post of director of the Rathgen Research Laboratory for the next five years, after her recent role as research director of the Laboratory for Structural and Molecular Archaeology (LAMS) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. After studying chemistry and art history at Berlin's Freie Universität, she gained her doctorate working at the Louvre, in its research centre, which is overseen by the C2RMF (Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France). She then spent two years as a research assistant at the Rathgen Research Laboratory in Berlin, before returning to France to assume her post at the CNRS. Her specialisms are in the fields of archaeometry and conservation sciences, and she has performed detailed studies on historical and prehistoric ivory carvings, silverpoint drawings, medieval goldwork, and prehistoric cave paintings in the Dordogne, France.