PioneerCampus PI’s recognized by reputed research networks

Janna Nawroth named PI of the German Centre for Lung Research, Lara Urban affiliated with the Center for Global Health at TU Munich – toward accelerated solutions for a healthier society.

Janna Nawroth, ERC-recipient and Pioneer Campus PI since 2021, has been warmly welcome by the Board of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL) and officially named DZL Principal Investigator. The DZL is one of the six German Centers for Health Research that nationally connects 29 organizations across 5 different sites to combat lung disease. Major impetus is a multidisciplinary approach to translational research that brakes institutional silos and leverages basic and applied research across universities, hospitals and many other stakeholders searching for better therapies - if not cures - of lung- and airway diseases that according to the WHO account for every 5th death on the planet. Janna’s lab focuses on the mechanobiology of the airway epithelium - in both health and disease, exploiting organ-on chip technologies that provide close to physiological access to human tissue. Specifically, she is interested in the role of mechanical forces, e.g. stretch and shear, in the modulation of cellular responses and how their aberration contribute to the onset and progression of respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive inflammatory disease (COPD). Affiliation with the DZL-network enables privileged access to valuable resources, opportunities for clinical research and more rapid translation as well as training and collaboration opportunities for Janna and her entire team.


Center for Global Health - Research in the context of global sustainability

Lara Urban, who joined the Pioneer Campus and Helmholtz_AI as Principal Investigator in 2022, will become an affiliated member of the Center for Global Health at TU Munich (TUM). Lara's research focuses on the application of genomic tools and artificial intelligence (AI) for real-world applications toward planetary health. Her projects deploy in-situ genome sequencing coupled with AI-driven genomic analyses and range from monitoring pathogen-load in human environments or biodiversity and promise impact on human health, future pandemic preparedness and planetary health.

The TUM Center for Global Health focuses on promoting health and disease prevention, at an inclusive and interdisciplinary level. Scientists from different disciplines and across the globe, pursue tangible solutions at an international scale, with focus on international sustainability goals. This provides Lara with the opportunity to adopt and customize her innovative technologies for a variety of eminent challenges and accelerate their global impact.

Founded in late 2011, the German Center for Lung Research is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and the federal states in which the corresponding sites are located. Leading scientists and clinicians in the field of pulmonary research work together to develop new and innovative therapies for patients with lung disease.

The Center for Global Health, founded in 2017, is based at the TUM Faculty of Medicine and is funded and supported by the Neurological Clinic and Polyclinic of the Klinikum rechts der Isar and the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at TUM. The interdisciplinary orientation is crucial for the effectiveness of the Center for Global Health. The Centre's activities range from setting up collaborative projects dedicated to urgent research questions on global health to teaching & training activities on far-eaching projects.

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus is an innovation campus with a startup culture at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. HPC stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that make a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. HPC aspires the values of Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer.