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Marie-Christine Simon


Jun.-Prof. Dr.
Marie-Christine Simon

Nutrition and microbiota

Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences (IEL)

Nußallee 9, 53115 Bonn

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Marie-Christine Simon performed in-depth human clinical trials during her PhD at the German Diabetes Center, Duesseldorf, investigating e.g. the impact of probiotics on insulin resistance, incretin effect and inflammatory status in obese and lean healthy subjects. Thus, she has a very profound knowledge on diabetes-related metabolic and immunologic changes and brings her scientific understanding from her studies of nutrition sciences at the University of Bonn.

Furthermore, she is certificated as Clinical Research Associate, University Frankfurt, Germany and as Registered Dietician. This and her broad expertise in clinical research, highly qualifies her to perform advanced professional nutritional intervention studies. She has a strong background on microbiome research which she gained during her post-doctoral training at Fredrik Bäckheds Lab, Wallenberg Laboratory at the University Gothenburg. Thus, with her extensive experience she aims for mechanistic understanding of the involvement of the microbiome in the physiology and pathophysiology, covering of key aspects of nutrition and metabolism.

Prof. Dr. Chris McCool


Prof. Dr.
Chris McCool

Agricultural engineering and -robotics

Institute of Agricultural Engineering (ILT)

Nußallee 5, 53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-2368

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Chris McCool was appointed as a Professor at the University of Bonn within the Faculty of Agriculture in February, 2019. He was previously a Senior Researcher within the Robotics and Autonomous Systems group at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.

He received his PhD with the Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technologies (SAIVT) group at QUT in 2007. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland) developing state-of-the-art face recognition techniques capable of running on mobile phones. He then returned to Australia to join the National ICT of Australia in an initiative for Environmental Computer Vision. In 2014, he rejoined QUT where he worked on Agricultural Robotics and was a key member in the development of two agricultural robots AgBot II and Harvey. He has a particular interest in applied image classification, computer vision, pattern recognition and their application to robots and autonomous systems that can use this information to take action in challenging environments such as agriculture.

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