Environmental Health



Research Unit BioGeoChemistry and Analytics (BGC)

Head: Prof. Dr. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin

The independent Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) investigates molecular interactions of substances in Bio- and Geosystems. The development of high-resolution methods for the elucidation of organic structures, in conjunction with separation sciences and mathematical methods, allow a precise space and time-resolved analysis of complex sample matrices. The aim of this research is to achieve a better understanding of the microbial processes in ecosystems (microbioms) and to improve the determination of biomarkers, in model organisms as well as in patients.

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Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP)

Director: Prof. Dr. Jörg Durner
Chair of Biochemical Plant Pathology at Technische Universität München

The Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP) explores defense mechanisms, growth and fitness of plants in response to environmental cues, with a focus on molecular mechanisms that allow plants to respond to biotic and abiotic factors. The aim of this research is to find new procedures for sustainable agriculture and biotechnological use of plants, as well as to contribute to safeguarding the role of plants in the nourishment and health of human beings.

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- Research Unit Environmental Simulation (EUS)

Head: Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler

The Research Unit Environmental Simulation (EUS) is a part of the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology. It pools infrastructure and expertise for researching the influence of the global climate change on growth, yield and health of crops and energy plants, as well as on biodiversity.  EUS offer environmental simulation at the highest level and state-of-the-art methods of eco physiology and mass spectroscopy. Its research focuses on the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of biogenic volatile organic compounds.

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Comprehensive Molecular Analytics (CMA)

Head: Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann
Chair of Analytical Chemistryat Rostock University

The Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Rostock (Chair for Analytical Chemistry) jointly conduct research in the independent Comprehensive Molecular Analytics (CMA) Cooperation Group. The research focuses on the development and application of mass spectrometry-based analysis techniques in order to characterize complex molecular substance mixtures. New measurement technologies are developed and molecular profiles are created in the Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre (JMSC), particularly with a view to the analysis of aerosols and their effects on health.

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Research Unit Comparative Microbiome Analysis (COMI)

Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter

The independent Research Unit Comparative Microbiome Analysis (COMI) investigates the structure and function of microbial communities in the soil and identifies abiotic and biotic parameters, which control abundance, diversity and activity of the corresponding microbiomes. The aim of this research is to make the genetic resources of the soil microflora better usable for a sustainable bio economy.

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Institute of Epidemiology (EPI)

Director: Prof. Dr. Annette Peters

The Institute of Epidemiology (EPI) assesses genetic, environmental and lifestyle risk factors which jointly determine the occurrence of major chronic diseases. The focus is on the development and progression of metabolic, respiratory and allergic diseases, as well as heart diseases and mental health. The goal is to understand the molecular underpinning of disease better and to translate this knowledge into personalized approaches of prevention as well as polices to improve health. Research builds on the unique resources of the KORA cohort, the KORA myocardial infarction registry, and the KORA aerosol measurement station. Aging-related phenotypes have been added to the KORA research portfolio within the frame of the Research Consortium KORA-Age. Moreover, the institute makes use of the birth cohorts GINI and LISA. It plays a leading role in the planning and setting up of the German National Cohort and builds the NAKO biorepository. 

The EPI website

- Research Unit Molecular Epidemiology (AME)

Head: Dr. Christian Gieger

The Research Unit Molecular Epidemiology (AME) in the Institute of Epidemiology analyses population-based chohorts and case studies for certain diseases, using genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and functional analyses. The aim of this research is to decipher the molecular mechanisms of complex diseases like type 2 diabetes or obesity. The unit administers the biological specimen repository of the Department of Epidemiology and stores the samples for national and international projects.

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Independent Research Group Clinical Epidemiology (KEPI)

Head: Prof Dr. Jakob Linseisen

The Independent Research Group Clinical Epidemiology (KEPI) will establish a patient-oriented research programme in close clinical cooperation. The scientific interests refer to early detection and secondary prevention of chronic diseases (like metabolic diseases, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases) and their complications. Furthermore the group will focus on health care research based on patient cohorts and epidemiologic registries.

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Institute of Allergy Research (IAF)

Director: Prof. Dr. Carsten Schmidt-Weber
Chair of Molecular Allergology and Environmental Research at Technische Universität München

The Institute of Allergy Research (IAF) researches mechanisms responsible for the development of allergies and the build-up of allergy tolerance in the context of genetic predisposition, immune system and environmental factors. In cooperation with the Center of Allergy & Environment, the institute conducts basic and basic clinical research. The aim is to understand the diseases, assess risks, intervene preventatively and to treat these diseases successfully.

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Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention (IAP)

Director: Prof. Dr. Erika von Mutius

The focus of work in the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention (IAP) will be in depth characterization of asthma phenotypes through the ALLIANCE cohort of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL). Another aim is identifying the relevant asthma and allergy protective microbial factors (HERA and other studies). The long term mission of the Institute is to foster the prevention of asthma and allergies.

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Institute of Environmental Medicine (IEM)

Director: Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann
Chair of Environmental Chemsitry at Technische Universität München

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IEM) devotes its work to the basic and translational research in environment-human-interaction with a main emphasis on allergic diseases. This research is carried out within six special fields: Aerobiology, Experimental Allergy Models, Microbiome, Prevention and Therapy, Environmental Immunology and Medical Environmental Bioinformatics. The principal objective hereby is to prevent chronic environmental diseases and to ensure a sustainable patient treatment.

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Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM)

Director: Prof. Dr. Reiner Leidl

Chair of Health Economics and Health Care Management at Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich

The Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM) analyzes approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care. Using empirical methods, economic, socioeconomic and management issues are investigated at the level of health systems, of medical technologies and of care strategies.

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Institute of Lung Biology and Diseases/ Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)

Director: Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim

Chronic lung diseases are the research focus of the Institute of Lung Biology and Diseases (iLBD) and of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC). The aim of this research are novel approaches to diagnostics or therapy. To this end, scientists strive to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung fibrosis, lung cancer or asthma and complications following lung transplantation (bronchiolitis obliterans) and translate them into therapeutic approaches for patients.

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Research Unit Lung Repair and Regeneration (LRR)

Head: Dr. Dr. Melanie Königshoff

The Lung Repair and Regeneration Research Unit (LRR) is part of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), which is a joint undertaking of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich with its University Hospital, and the Asklepios Specialist Clinics Munich-Gauting. The CPC's objective is to conduct research on chronic lung diseases in order to develop new diagnostic tools and therapies. The LRR Research Unit examines new mechanisms and repair processes in the lungs for a better understanding that will allow the development of new therapeutic approaches. The unit also focuses on developing new methods in order to reduce the gap between pre-clinical research and its application on patients. The CPC is a facility of the German Center for Lung Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung - DZL).

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Research Unit Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB)

Head: Dr. Klaus Mayer

The main focus of the independent Research Unit Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB) is plant genome and systems-oriented bioinformatics. It has a focus towards analyzing genomic encryption, expression patterns, functional and systems biology of plants. PGSB also maintains a large data set of plant genomes in databases, which it makes available to the public along with comparative analyses.

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