Helmholtz Zentrum München
Further Information : http://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de



General Description

Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers with approximately 2,000 associates in 40 institutes and independent research units. As Europe’s leading research center focused on Environmental Health HMGU investigates chronic and complex diseases at the interface of health and environment aiming to promote the application of future medicine and to develop new, personalized approaches of prevention, diagnosis and therapy. The Helmholtz Zentrum München unifies within one center the diverse expertise needed to contribute to a better understanding of the interaction between environmental factors and individual genetic disposition. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria.

Key Personnel







Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin is director of the research unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and is professor at the Chair of Analytical Food Chemistry at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Freising/Weihenstephan, Germany. His research efforts are focused on the chemical diversity analysis of complex bio(geo)systems and the study of generic biotic and abiotic processes linking Biosphere and the Geosphere. This can be achieved with (ultra)high resolution analytical tools enabling the targeted and non-targeted analysis of/in complex biological (metabolomics) and organic geochemistry related mixtures. Other focus is the development of non-invasive approaches in relation to the identification of new active compounds/biomarkers in Health and Environment; air breath condensates and fecal water extracts are just examples of such matrices analysed with the tools of Metabolomics. He will be the main supervisor of ESR10.







Silke S Heinzmann is a Young Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München. She received her BSc and MSc in nutrition from the Technische Universität München. Following an internship at UC Davis (CA, USA) and her master’s thesis at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne (Switzerland), she specialized in NMR-based Metabolomics at Imperial College London, where she obtained her PhD. Her research interests are to identify the contribution of environmental factors such as diet, drugs and the gut microbiome on the metabolic phenotype. For this, she uses mainly NMR-based metabolomics analysis and multivariate data analysis to extract meaningful biomarkers. She will be the second supervisor of ESR10.


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