"Metabolites are small organic molecules that are created in the metabolism and are present in all body fluids and tissues. The metabolome, meaning all the metabolites as a whole, responds very sensitively to external influences such as diseases or nutrition. It is basically the 'metabolic fingerprint' of the body's condition and offers new insight into disease mechanisms or further disease progression. The aim of my research is to create metabolic fingerprints of the most wide-ranging diseases and use them as a basis on which to develop applications for clinical practice. In doing so, on the one hand, I identify all traceable metabolites in a sample and on the other hand, I use methods of machine learning to link up this complex data with clinical parameters."
Helena U. Zacharias, 33 years old, born in Regensburg. Since April 2021: Professor of Clinical Metabolomics at Kiel University. Previously leader of a working group at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Universitätsmedizin Greifswald. 2016: Doctoral degree at Universität Regensburg.