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Research fellowship (Horizon 2020 POTION project)
Analytical Chemist, Ph.D.

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Human body chemistry, high-resolution mass spectrometry, analytical chemistry, study design, data processing and statistical analysis.

Tobias Bruderer, Ph.D. is currently a researcher in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pisa. He is working on the Horizon 2020 POTION project, to investigate human chemical communication of the emotions fear and joy, through emission and perception of sweat volatiles. He received his graduate degree in Environmental Science from the ETH Zurich in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Geneva in 2016. In 2016 he joined the Zenobi group at the ETH Zurich and the Moeller group at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher as part of the Zurich Exhalomics initiative. In 2020, he went to the University of Pisa to join the Di Francesco group to work on the POTION project.

Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
of Prof. Gérard Hopfgartner, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland
M.Sc. of Science at the ETH Zurich, Environmental Sciences (with major in environmental chemistry), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
B.Sc. of Science at the ETH Zurich, Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Research interests
His main research interest is the interface of human body chemistry and the mind, and more recently the endocrine system. His focus is on experiment design for studies with humans, the chemical analysis with high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS, GCxGC-HRMS, and on-line PTR-HRMS), data processing and statistical analysis, and more recently bringing together the results across the disciplines involved in the POTION project (analytical chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, and technology development).

Horizon 2020 POTION project
What does fear smell like? And happiness? The Potion project aims to study the human capacity to to transmit emotions and influence social behaviour through body odor:
- The first challenge is the chemical analysis to identify which molecules are released during fear or happiness.
- The second challenge will be to test the human chemosignals in both social and clinical scenarios (i.e. to support the treatment of social anxiety).
- It is an European project (Horizon 2020, Future & Emerging Technologies, with 10 partners from 8 countries, and funding of 6.5 million euros)
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