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Environmental Health Center Analytical Biogeochemistry

At the Research Unit Analytical Biogeochemistry (BGC), we investigate chemical interactions at interfaces in life sciences. Our mission is a better understanding of chemical processes in microbial ecosystems in nutrition, health and environment to identify molecular key players.

At the Research Unit Analytical Biogeochemistry (BGC), we investigate chemical interactions at interfaces in life sciences. Our mission is a better understanding of chemical processes in microbial ecosystems in nutrition, health and environment to identify molecular key players.

Our Research Topics

Chemistry of Microbiomes

We investigate the complex chemistry of human and model organism microbiomes at interfaces and their alteration in health and disease. In particular, we study how diseases shift molecular signatures and metabolite concentrations and how we can modulate these influences by lifestyle interventions.

Glycation as an Underexplored Source of Bioactives

We follow glycation chemistry from food towards the gut. By use of our high content screening platform we confirm the bioactive potential of glycation modifications in a long-term aiming to improve human health.

New Bioactives & Functional Metabolomics

We capture in-vitro information about the phenotypic reaction to disease specific metabolites on a single cell level. With our worldwide unique methodology, we are able to study functionality and bioactivity of metabolites out of complex mixtures.

Scientists at BGC

Dr. Silke Heinzmann

Scientist
Stefan Pieczonka

Dr. Stefan Pieczonka

PostDoc

Dr. Alesia Walker

Scientist
Portrait Lance Buckett

Lance Robert Buckett

Scientist

Dr. Marianna Lucio

Scientist
Porträt Dr. Basem Kanawati

Dr. Basem Kanawati

Scientist

Dr. Thuy Thanh Truong

Scientist

Dr. Mourad Harir

Scientist

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Director of Analytical Biogeochemistry

Porträt Schmitt Kopplin

Prof. Dr. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin

Director

Contact Office

Astrid Bösl

Project manager