About us

Welcome to the research unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry

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The Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) is an independent research unit with a strong thematic integration at the interface of health and environmental research at Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Our fields of investigation are all related to the small molecules chemical description of complex (super)systems in biology (holobionts) and chemistry (polymerization, chemosynthesis) and identified in four fields:

  • Lifestyle and Nutritional Impact / Deep Metabotyping
  • Environmental Microbiomes Impact / Natural Organic Matter
  • Environmental Exposure Impact / Metallomics & Metabolomics
  • Novel Bioactives / Functional Metabolomics

Further transversal research is followed specifically in the development of high resolution analytical chemistry (integrated μ-separation methods, high field magnetic resonance mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, as well as elemental speciation) and chemometrics for the description of the chemical diversity of complex systems (metabolomics & metallomics). The interdisciplinary financed projects at BGC focus on the structure elucidation of new biomarkers and bioactive compounds in host/microbial/viral interactions such as in health and environmental related microbiomes or metabolic shifts at barriers under neurodegenerative processes. Our networking is mirrored through our participation in national and international consortia BMBF-KKN and BMBF-DZD "Type-II Diabetes", FP7-SysVasc "cardiovascular polyOmics integration", FP7 ITN iMode "chronic kidney disease", DFG-SPP 1656 "Meta-metabolome in intestinal infection", DFG SPP 1617 "microanalytics/metabolomics in phenotypic heterogeneity", ERA-NET "Pathomics Clamydia and Pseudomonas infection model", and more recently ERA-PROMISE "Prostist Metabolome Screening". We are involved in many academic exchange programs from AvH or from DAAD_PPP-Croatia-2j “Diabetes mellitus Typ 2 after cronical arsen exposure” with Croatia.

BGC´s activity in microbiomes and health are in strong interactions with the Technische Universität München (Institute of Analytical Food Chemistry) and the ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health in the specific fields of food & microbiomes.