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EFI Human Body Odours

The Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) has been launched by FAU in 2010 and aims to promote outstanding interdisciplinary research projects at an early stage. By providing funding in a flexible and non-bureaucratic way, EFI allows researchers at FAU to carry out innovative research by exploring new fields of research, having the possibility to quickly adapt to unforeseen insights or circumstances. In 2018, seven new projects have been selected for funding, amongst which the EFI project Human body odours: exploring chemical signatures.

The goal of this project is to generate a chemocommunication technology and knowledge platform at FAU, providing adequate sampling procedures, and chemo-analytical, microbiological, and data-analytical know-how to study body odour signatures and their interplay with individual demographic and genetic factors. The consortium will, in a first step, establish scientific cross-talk at the interface between the different disciplines, and adapt existing or implement new methods and technologies for the analysis of body odour signatures. In a second step, the consortium will tackle the issue of understanding the variability and complexity of volatiles emanating from different body sites (and the information encoded therein). With this scientific and technological toolbox and knowledge at hand, the consortium will address specific research questions, e.g. related to disease-, nutrition-, or emotion-dependent chemical signatures, and contribute to the development of new products and technologies, e.g., in medicine, body care, or the textile and clothing industry.

It is the vision of the consortium that the project will promote future discoveries in the emerging field of chemocommunication, as well as in adjacent fields such as personalized medicine, affective sensing, or chemometrics. The project relates to FAU Key Research Priorities such as Medicine, Life Sciences and Health , Medical Engineering, and Electronics, Analytics and Digital Transformation .

The consortium is open for collaborative projects both within and outside FAU, as well as within and outside academia. You may contact us if you are interested in:

  • understanding the chemistry of body odours
  • understanding the function of body odours, e.g., in social interaction
  • understanding the perception of body odours
  • investigating the interaction of body odour compounds with perfumes and cosmetics, or textiles
  • investigating body odours in relation to nutrition, health and disease
  • developing sensor systems in relation to body odours
  • creating body odours
  • understanding the impact of microbial colonization on body odours
  • compositional and functional analysis of the human microbiome
  • investigating the relationship between stress and body odours
  • other emerging topics related to or complementing the expertise of our consortium.

Contact:

Dr. Helene Loos
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Henkestr. 9
91054 Erlangen
helene.loos@fau.de

More information will follow shortly.

Dr. Helene Loos, Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Expertise in: odour analysis, sensory evaluation, psychophysiology, ethology

Tobias Härtl, M. Sc., Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Expertise in: odour analysis, sensory evaluation, organic synthesis

Diana Owsienko, state certified food chemist, Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Expertise in: sensory and instrument-based analytics, food law and food chemistry

Dr. Eva Kiesswetter, Institute for Biomedicine of Aging
Expertise in: nutrition, older age

Prof. Nicolas Rohleder, Chair of Health Psychology
Expertise in: acute and chronic stress effects on health, stress system regulation of inflammation, development and evaluation of non- and minimally invasive stress biomarkers.

Dipl.-Biol. Petra Schatz, Chair of Health Psychology
Expertise in: assessment of stress biomarkers

Dr. Stefan Wirtz, University Hospital Erlangen, Gastroenterology
Expertise in: molecular and cellular immunology, microbiome analysis, innate immunity

Prof. Roland Lang, University Hospital Erlangen, Microbiology
Expertise in: innate immunity, clinical microbiology

Judith Schick, M. Sc., University Hospital Erlangen, Microbiology
Expertise in: innate immunity, microbiology, MALDITOF analysis

Prof. Björn Eskofier, Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab
Expertise in: machine learning, data analytics, wearable computing, HCI

Leo Schwinn, M. Sc., Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab
Expertise in: machine learning, deep learning, computer vision

The emerging field project is part of the Campus of the Senses Initiative, a joint initiative of the FAU with Fraunhofer IIS and IVV.

We are always happy to start new collaborative projects. For further details, please contact:

Dr. Helene Loos
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Henkestr. 9
91054 Erlangen
helene.loos@fau.de