Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Laura-Fabienne Fröhlich
Name: Laura-Fabienne Fröhlich (Germany)

Department Analytical Chemistry

Flag Germany
Research topic

The MiBiTox projects gathers data about the unknown role of the human microbiome in interaction with synthetic chemicals from the environment. Do the chemicals influence the microbiome? Or the other way around? And if yes, is the outcome favorable for our body and us humans, toxification or detoxification? My role is to identify possible transformation products via targeted and untargeted analysis from a simplified human gut microbiome(SIHUMIx)to zebrafish to mice and real human gut samples.

At UFZ since

December 2020

How did you learn about the UFZ?

It was recommended by my former professor during my master thesis.

Why did you come to the UFZ?

What better place to go when you want to work with environmental topics, research and connect one's little pond to the sea of topics done here? My PhD project is an interesting cooperation (ANA, MOLSYB, BIOTOX, IMMU) with several disciplines in an international team venturing into an unknown part of the "scientific knowledge map".

What do you like about the city you live in?

Leipzig is very similiar to my hometown Regensburg with the old city center, the river(s), cafes and parks. But it also has its own dynamics and is more experimental and creative. I also love that everything is in a bike ride's reach.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

It's an environment where I can see my own potential unfolding. From the state-of-the-art equipment, a supportive and knowledgeable team and canteen with vegan options everyday, I think and feel there is nothing more to add at the moment.

Personal information ("what else to do", etc.)

One of the best way to present data is through visualization, enjoy:


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