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Helmholtz Munich / Almut Barden

Dr. Janna Nawroth

Principal Investigator Helmholtz Pioneer Campus

Research Area

Janna Nawroth received her PhD in Biology at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the structure-function relationships of jellyfish propulsion and used these insights to engineer muscle powered pumps for biomedical research. For her postdoctoral training, she was awarded the Technology Development Fellowship at the Harvard University Wyss Institute. She developed Organ-Chips and advanced imaging technologies with Don Ingber and Kit Parker to study the mechanics of human heart, lung and liver tissues, before continuing this work at the Organ-Chip company Emulate and later at the University of Southern California. In 2020, Dr. Nawroth received an ERC Starting grant for studying the role of mechanical forces and defective mucociliary clearance in chronic airway disease.  In 2021, Dr. Nawroth joined the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus.

Professional Background

since 2021

Principal Investigator at Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, Helmholtz Munich


Senior Research Associate at USC Keck School of Medicine and USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Associate Director, Research & Development Lead at Emulate Inc., Boston, MA


Principal Investigator at Emulate Inc., Boston, MA, USA


Postdoctoral Fellow & Technology Development Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA


Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, Division of Engineering & Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA


Ph.D. Graduate Student, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology,Pasadena, CA, USA


Research Associate in Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA


Industry Internship at Merck KGaA, Institute for Toxicology, Darmstadt, Germany


Research Assistant (“Hiwi”) in Computational Neuroscience, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany


Research Assistant (“Hiwi”) in Computational Biology, German Cancer Research Center

Honors and Awards

  • Award Number One
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  • Award Number Two
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Networks and Affiliations

Technical University of Munich