About HMSP

Directorate of the Center

Michael Backes (Speaker). Michael Backes is the founding director and Chairman of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA). Moreover, he is currently the speaker of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB) on Understanding and Controlling Privacy, and the director of the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity Research since 2016. Michael Backes’s research covers various aspects of information security and privacy, in particular: security and privacy in machine learning; trustworthy information processing and medical privacy; design, analysis and verification for security-critical systems and services; and universal solutions in software and network security.

Pierluigi Nicotera. Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, MD PhD, a renowned scientist and leading international expert in the field of neuronal cell death, was appointed Scientific Director of the DZNE and Chairman of the DZNE’s Executive Board in April 2009. He was trained in General Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Pavia, Italy. He obtained his PhD at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where he worked subsequently as associate professor. From 1995 to 2000 Nicotera headed the division of Molecular Toxicology at the University of Konstanz and was then appointed Director of the UK Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit. His research has been centred on the molecular mechanisms that lead to neuronal demise following chronic and acute insults. Loss of neuronal synaptic connections and apoptosis play central roles in neurodegenerative diseases.

Leading Scientists

Monique Breteler

Monique Breteler

Nico Döttling

Nico Döttling

Mario Fritz

Mario Fritz

Jutta Hoppenau

Jutta Hoppenau

Thomas Klockgether

Thomas Klockgether

Ninja Marnau

Ninja Marnau

Sach Mukherjee

Sach Mukherjee

Martin Reuter

Martin Reuter

Joachim Schultze

Joachim Schultze

Jilles Vreeken

Jilles Vreeken

Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang