Jan Baumbach, Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and leader of the research group Computational Biology.
Bioinformatics. The research in this field is currently experiencing an explosion in the amount of available biological data, e.g. from molecular biology and genetic engineering. Bioinformatics is about making sense of all this data.
Contribution to ESOF
I want to show a specific example of what can be achieved when a computer scientist like me works across disciplines with other researchers. On 23-25 June from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we will demonstrate our breath analyser: a device that can diagnose diseases from a person’s breath.
The device uses mathematical algorithms to analyse the molecules in the breath and make a diagnosis. When we demonstrate the device, we offer our guests some sweets, and then analyse their breath, which reveals what kind of sweet they have eaten. We do not look for diseases in the person’s breath.
See the film about the breath analyzer
How does your research contribute to society?
This technology can detect diseases long before clinical symptoms appear, for example diseases such as septicaemia, lung cancer and COPD. This enables us to offer the patient treatment earlier. It is only through interdisciplinary work that we can find the exact few molecules that have medical significance among the thousands of other irrelevant molecules.
The breath analyser is being developed in collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences and Odense University Hospital.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Was der Atem über die Gesundheit verrät (external link)
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