Scientist / Junior Research Group IKMB and Clinic for Internal Medicine I

Helena Zacharias

Research Projects - Scientist


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Research Interest

Helena Zacharias

My research focuses on the detection of novel metabolomics biomarkers for disease diagnosis and prognosis to personalize and thus improve patient treatment. To achieve this, I integrate phenotypical information and metabolomics data by high-dimensional statistics and state-of-the-art machine learning data analysis to gain novel insights into underlying disease pathomechanisms.
I took up the professorship of "Clinical Metabolomics" in April 2021. Before moving to Kiel, I was heading the junior research group "Computational Biomarker Discovery“ at the University Medicine Greifswald, which is part of the BMBF-funded e:Med junior consortium "CKDNapp - a toolbox for monitoring and tailoring treatment of chronic kidney disease patients“. I am the scientific coordinator of this consortium, which consists of four independent junior research groups. Our goal is to develop a userfriendly clinical decision support system to support the practicing nephrologist in personalized treatment of chronic kidney disease patients. After finishing my bachelor and master in physics with a focus on physics in medicine, I pursued my PhD studies at the Institute of Functional Genomics, University of Regensburg. I conducted my postdoctoral studies at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State University, and at the Helmholtz Center Munich.