Young scientists: aeroHEALTH Early Career Scientist program (ECP)

Within ECP, each group is accompanied by one Early Career Scientist (ECS), who will be fully involved in the design, implementation and scientific work of the Helmholtz International Laboratory. The largely increased scientific opportunities, the international exposure and the possibility of taking responsibilities will help the ECS to grow into a senior scientist role, mentored by their PIs. The 4 early career investigators and their career development targets are listed below:


Dr. Thorsten Hohaus

Thorsten Hohaus has a Ph.D in physics from the University of Wuppertal, Germany and is working at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. He studies the formation and chemical transformation (aging) of aerosols in simulation chamber experiments and in the ambient atmosphere using advanced mass spectrometry and gas chromatography methods. His goal is to understand the role of ambient aerosols in the current and future atmosphere and their environmental impact, health impact and climate feedback mechanism.


Dr. Hendryk Czech

Hendryk Czech holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Rostock, Germany, and is currently based at the Helmholtz Centre München, Germany. He investigates the molecular composition of the ambient aerosols as well as aerosols from combustion processes and atmospheric ageing with mass spectrometric techniques and chemometric approaches. His work aims to connect molecular markers, aerosol composition and physico-chemical properties to biological effects observed in exposure studies.


Dr. Michal Pardo

Michal Pardo has a Ph.D in biochemistry from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and is currently based at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.  She studies health effects of aerosol and environmental particles using state of the art biological and molecular methods in vivo and in vitro. Her goal is to elucidate molecular mechanisms and identify biomarkers of exposure related to health effects.


Dr. Christoph Ogris

Christoph Ogris has a Ph.D in Bioinformatics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently based at the Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany. His research is focused on the development of machine learning algorithms for multi omics data integration. These algorithms yield to identify relations within and across the biological and physio-chemical data sets. The gained insights reveal key features driving health effects caused by atmospheric and aged aerosols.