Human body odours: exploring chemical signatures

FAU own research funding: EFI / ETI / ...


Project Details

Project leader:
Dr. Helene Loos

Project members:
Dr. Eva Kießwetter
Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier
PD Dr. Stefan Wirtz
Prof. Dr. Roland Lang
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Aroma- und Geruchsforschung
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 14 (Maschinelles Lernen und Datenanalytik)
Medizinische Klinik 1 - Gastroenterologie, Pneumologie und Endokrinologie
Professur für Angeborene Immunität und Pathogenerkennung
Professur für Klinische Ernährung im Alter

Start date: 01/04/2019
End date: 31/03/2021


Short description (intelligible to all):

Chemical signals play a major role in physiological processes and are potent modulators of behaviour. The possible implication of chemosensory information in human social interaction, however, has long been neglected. Despite this, evidence is accumulating that an individual’s chemical signature bears not only information about genetically determined traits, but also about transient states such as the individual’s emotional or health status. The emerging field of human chemocommunication hence offers the intriguing possibility to make use of body odour signatures as an unobtrusive measure of internal states. The goal of this project is to develop tools for a new chemocommunication platform that is about to be established in a collaborative project of this consortium, including data scientists, psychologists, medical scientists, and chemists.


Last updated on 2019-15-08 at 11:26