The Team

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Prof. Ines Thiele

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Ines Thiele is a Personal Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include the diet-gut-brain-axis in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Dr. Almut Heinken

Research Fellow

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Dr. Almut Heinken research focuses on applying constraint-based modelling to investigate the emergent properties of human gut microbiomes.

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Dr. Cyrille Thinnes

Engagement Manager and Research Fellow

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Dr. Cyrille Thinnes cultivates the Virtual Metabolic Human business case, integrating the technology, outreach, and organizational capabilities for enhancing user experience.

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Dr. Bronson Weston

Postdoctoral fellow

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Dr. Bronson Weston has a background in systems biology and chemical engineering. His research focuses on the development of algorithms that identify dietary components influencing the production of key host metabolites.

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Filippo Martinelli

PhD Student

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Filippo obtained his Master's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry with a thesis focused on doping analysis. His research interests include the application of constraint-based models to investigate diet-drugs-microbiota-host interactions.

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Timothy O. Hulshof

Research assistant

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Timothy obtained his Master's degree in bioinformatics from the University College Cork, Ireland. His work includes enabling the large-scale integration of metagenomic data with microbiome-level metabolic models. 

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Tim Hensen

PhD student

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Tim is a PhD student with a background in systems biology. His research focuses on applying the constrained-based modelling framework to investigate the role of the gut-brain axis in neurodegenerative diseases. 

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Joe Desbonnet

Computer scientist

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Joe Desbonnet

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Bram Nap

PhD student

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Bram obtained his Master's degree in biotechnology at Wageningen University. His research area is in the role of gut microbes in the context of cognitive health and is part of the ITN SmartAge project.

Previous team members

Dr. Johannes Hertel - Research fellow, now Junior Professor, University of Greifswald, Germany

Dr. Dmitry A. Ravcheev - Research fellow

Arianna Basile - Visiting PhD student

David Sharkey - Research assistant

Marcus Hogan - Research assistant