Nicolas is a biologist by training and obtained his bachelor’s degree at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz where he characterized the chemical profile of neotropical ants using a GC-MS-based analysis. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Cologne conducting an untargeted LC-MS approach to identify a metabolite crucial for a predator-prey interaction in the freshwater system.
For his PhD project, he will utilize an LC-MS-based quantitative lipidomics approach – which was recently developed and optimized in our lab – for a longitudinal profiling of a healthy cohort of the Lausanne population (CoLaus). He will evaluate age-mediated changes in the lipid and steroid composition of the provided blood serum samples. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Zoltán Kutalik and Prof. Pedro Marques-Vidal.