People & Groups

Center Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Kainmüller

Spokesperson for Helmholtz Imaging & Head of Research Unit at MDC

Prof. Dr. Klaus Maier-Hein


Prof. Dr. Christian Schroer


Prof. Dr. Martin Burger

Head of Research Unit at DESY


Prof. Dr. Lena Maier-Hein


Prof. Dr. Thoralf Niendorf


Engineering & Support Unit DESY

Our support team at DESY offers support and services to the Helmholtz Imaging Community. Our most prominent services are Helmholtz Imaging Modalities and Storage. We work on requests submitted to the Support Hub, on Collaborations, and directly support the Projects. Particular focus is on the early stages of the imaging pipeline. Research activities include development and application of deep learning methods for image analysis, e. g. segmentation, object detection and classification.

Dr. Philipp Heuser

Head of Support Team at DESY


Dr. Engin Eren

Software Developer

David Schwartz

Software Developer

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Jennifer Ahrens

Computational Imaging Scientist

Research Unit DESY

At the beginning of the imaging pipeline, data is acquired in a physical process measuring a metric which represents the interaction of a given probe with a sample. The physics of these interactions can be modelled mathematically. To form an image the model has to then be inverted, which is a challenging tasks due its ill-posedness, i.e. measurement errors leading to instabilities in the inversion or data being missing. Such so-called inverse problems are at the heart of almost any image formation process and their solution by modern regularization methods are the focus of the Research Unit at DESY. The goal of this unit is to strengthen the expertise in the mathematical field of inverse problems and to develop new modalities in specific domains by developing improved forward models, regularization methods and computational algorithms.

Prof. Dr. Martin Burger

Head of Research Unit at DESY


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Danielle Bednarski

Research Assistant

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Lena Dunst

PhD Student

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Ariane Fazeny

PhD Student

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Samira Kabri

PhD Student

+49 40 8998 5914

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Lorenz Kuger

PhD Student

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Jin Liu

PhD Student

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Tim Roith

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Kehan Shi

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Alka Singh Chauhan

PhD Student

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Lukas Weigand

PhD Student

+49 40 8998 5916

Engineering & Support Unit DKFZ

The Applied Computer Vision Lab, our support team at DKFZ, is dedicated to catalyzing research in Helmholtz and beyond through customized image analysis solutions. Specifically, we support researchers in the annotation of image data, build tailored AI algorithms to optimally solve their problems, provide out-of-the-box solutions that can be applied across domains and accelerate the development of new algorithms. Finally, we are dedicated to improving algorithm evaluation through organizing competitions, supporting the choice of appropriate metrics and evaluation schemes.

Dr. rer. nat. Fabian Isensee

Head of Engineering and Support Unit at DKFZ

+49 6221 42 2353

Karol Gotkowski

Machine Learning Engineer

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Ole Johannsen

Machine Learning Engineer

Ali Emre Kavur

Software Developer

Lars Krämer

Machine Learning Engineer

Dasha Trofimova

Machine Learning Engineer

Sebastian Ziegler

Machine Learning Engineer

Engineering & Support Unit MDC

Our support team at MDC is developing generic image processing and analysis algorithms and tools. These tools are applied across all imaging scales from submolecular resolution to aerial remote sensing imagery. In order to provide a unified entry point for how to use these tools, we develop and maintain Helmholtz Imaging Solutions.

Deborah Schmidt

Head of Support Unit at MDC

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Jan Philipp Albrecht

Research Software Scientist

Dr. Ella Bahry

Research Software Scientist

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Maximilian Otto

Student Worker

Research Unit MDC

Recognizing the imaging pipeline and the needs of the imaging users and experts within the Helmholtz Association the MDC focuses on image data preparation, management and processing with a particular focus on the integration of image data, algorithms, and visualization solutions across multiple modalities and scales in space and time. The goal is to develop and provide Helmholtz Imaging Solutions that can deal with the very heterogeneous image data that are acquired across the research fields of Helmholtz without imposing constraints on the respective image modalities.

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Kainmüller

Spokesperson for Helmholtz Imaging & Head of Research Unit at MDC

Peter Johannes Hirsch

PhD Student

Fabian Reith

PhD Student

Xiaoyan Yu

PhD Student

Lisa Mais

PhD Student

Josef Lorenz Rumberger

PhD Student

Research Unit DKFZ

Various challenges currently impede advanced AI technologies from directly benefiting society. The HI Research Unit at DKFZ pioneers research in three focus areas to address these challenges: 1) Advance to a deeper understanding and generalizability of algorithms (Focus Area Image Analysis), 2) Consider humans as an integral part of AI-application to enable reliable and safe deployment (Focus Area Human-Machine Interaction), and 3) Lead initiatives towards standardizing evaluation and benchmarking practices in the field and develop user-friendly tools to guide the community (Focus Area Validation Benchmarking).

Dr. Paul Jäger

Head of Interactive Machine Learning Group

+49 (0) 6221 / 42-3015

Michael Baumgartner

PhD Student

Till Bungert

PhD Student

Matthias Eisenmann

Selen Erkan

PhD Student

Kim-Celine Kahl

PhD Student

Lukas Klein

PhD Student

Carsten Lüth

PhD Student

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Tim Rädsch

PhD Student

Dr. Annika Reinke

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jeremias Traub

PhD Student

Tassilo Wald

PhD Student

David Zimmerer

PhD Student

Management Unit

We at the management unit of Helmholtz Imaging are responsible for the operation of the platform, the implementation of the strategy and the integration into the Helmholtz Association. In our team science and PR & outreach managers work hand in hand to coordinate the activities of the platform and the team play of its support and research units.
Organization of workshops and seminars, educational outreach, and the project funding line and facilitation of the meetings of the Helmholtz Imaging Steering Board and the Helmholtz Imaging Scientific Advisory Committee are just a few examples of how our team at DESY supports the community.

Dr. Sara Krause-Solberg

Scientific Coordinator

+49 40 8998 5527

Knut Sander

Platform Manager

+49 40 8998 5526

Katharina Kriegel

PR & Outreach Manager

+49 40 8998 5515

Steering Board

The Steering Board supervises the Helmholtz Imaging Team. The board consults the platform in decisions relevant for Helmholtz Imaging as a whole.

PD Dr. Wolfgang zu Castell


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Prof. Dr. Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers

DLR / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Angelika Humbert


Prof. Dr. Christian Kübel


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Dr. Francisco Garcia-Moreno


Prof. Dr. Anke-Susanne Müller


Dr. Hanno Scharr


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Prof. Dr. Tony Stöcker


Scientific Advisory Committee

External scientific advice for the development of Helmholtz Imaging will be provided by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC comprises national and international experts outside of the Helmholtz Association and also advises the Helmholtz Imaging Steering Board on all scientific aspects and the overall development of the platform. The members of the SAC are appointed by the President of the Helmholtz Association.

Prof. Dr. Joost Batenburg

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Netherlands

Prof. Pier Luigi Dragotti

Imperial College London, UK

Prof. Michal Irani

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Prof. Dr. Ron Kikinis

Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Maaß

Universität Bremen

Prof. Michal Neemann

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Dr. Alexander Rack

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - ESRF, France

Prof. Dr. Ing. Ribana Roscher

Forschungszentrum Jülich / Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Steidl

Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Michela Taufer

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Prof. Dr. Ing. Thomas Wiegand

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Berlin