Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Arnrich

Nico Steckhan


Phone: +49-(0)331 5509-4855

Room: G-2.1.11

Email: nico.steckhan(at)hpi.de

Personal Information

  • since 2018: PostDoc at Charité Integrative Medicine (Prof. Dr. med. A. Michalsen)
  • 2016 - 2019: Bioinformatics, University of Potsdam
    • „Integration of multidimensional data and latent feature identification for predicting complex phenotypes from high-throughput data“
  • 2013 - 2018: PhD, Charité
    • „Non-pharmacological interventions and lifestyle modification in cardiometabolic high-risk patients“
  • 2004 - 2011: Biology (Dipl. biol.) at Technical University of Dresden, Germany
    • „Influence of a Suggestive Placebo Intervention on Psychobiological Responses to Social Stress: A Randomized Controlled Trial.“

Research Interests


  • Continuous data streams from photoplethysmography (PPG), electro-dermal activity (EDA), continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) 
  • Integration of sensor data in clinical contexts
  • Assessment of nature based solutions to improve personal exposure to environmental burden 



  • Clinical research especially in integrative natural medicine / lifestyle medicine
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems thinking

Please find recent publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nico_Steckhan


I offer master theses, please ask if you are interested in working with us. (contact me directly nico.steckhan(at)hpi.de)


Recent offers:

Tackle climate issues using citizen science: addressing the equation of social inequality, health conditions, and air pollution in cities (part of DivAirCity together with 26 EU partners, Horizon 2020 funded project)

Synthetic continuous glucose time series: Simulating glucose metabolism using continuous glucose monitoring in different fasting forms (Joint research project with partners from Charité and DIfE, look below)



Digital Phenotyping for and Beyond Clinical Trials

DivAirCity (together with 26 EU partners, Horizon 2020 funded project)

  • Personal exposure to air pollution and associated vital signs (Master's thesis Sam Matthews)
  • Sonification of air quality data (Master's thesis Carla Terboven) 

ChronoFast (together with PD Dr. Olga Ramich, Deutsches Institut für Ernährung):

  • Personalized fasting state prediction as a methodical evaluation procedure (Master's thesis Tanja Manlik)
  • Chronotype prediction (Poster at Diabetes Congress, Master's thesis Tillmann Int-Veen)

Fasten bei Kinderwunsch (together with Dr. Daniela Liebscher, Charite Hochschulambulanz für Naturheilkunde):


  • Assessment of fasting states using continuous glucose monitoring to improve compliance evaluations in remote fasting procedures
  • Association of snapshot ketone monitoring from breath and continuous glucose monitoring



Sonification and digital health (2020-2023)
Data Sonification & Opportunities of Sound (Wintersemester 2020/2021)


Student supervision:

Air quality sonification using a simulated scripted exposure design. (Master's thesis of Carla Terboven)

Methods for personalized fasting state prediction (Master's thesis of Tanja Manlik)

The NatAir Toolkit: An approach to measuring psycho-physiological health outcomes of nature-based solutions (Master's thesis of Samuel John Matthews Mckay Loureiro)

Analysis of Chronotype, Sleep Quality, Dietary Compliance and Glucose Metabolism using Wearable Devices and Machine Learning (Master's thesis of Tillmann Int-Veen)

Data preprocessing methods for time series classification on brain activity data (Master's thesis of Christoph Anders)

Evaluation of real-time stress recognition using wearable sensors (Poster, Bachelor's thesis of Maximilian Schulze)

Analysis of Caffeine Consumption and its Effect on Humans’ Affective State using Body Sensor Data and Machine Learning Approaches (Bachelor's thesis of Philip Weidenfeller)



Wearables hands-on (2020-2023)
Applied Medical Informatics

Digital phenotyping using sensor data (2021)
Master of Science in Epidemiology: Institute for Public Health (Charite Universitätsmedizin)

Interactive Workshop “Wearables hands-on” (2020)
Health Data Science-Summerschool

Hands on Digital Health (Instuction and use of apps and wearables, analysis and interpretation)
Wahlpflichtmodul Digital Health



  • Food Choices after Cognitive Load: An Affective Computing Approach. Kappattanavar, Arpita Mallikarjuna; Hecker, Pascal; Moontaha, Sidratul; Steckhan, Nico; Arnrich, Bert in Sensors (2023). 23(14)
  • Design, Implementation an... - Download
    Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Air Quality Sonification System. Terboven, Carla; Panourgia, Eleni-Ira; Arnrich, Bert; Steckhan, Nico (2023).


  • Effects of a Supplement C... - Download
    Effects of a Supplement Containing a Cranberry Extract on Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Intestinal Microbiota: A Prospective, Uncontrolled Exploratory Study. Jeitler, Michael; Michalsen, Andreas; Schwiertz, Andreas; Kessler, Christian S.; Koppold-Liebscher, Daniela; Grasme, Julia; Kandil, Farid I.; Steckhan, Nico in Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (2022). 28(5) 399–406.
  • Mental and Behavioural Re... - Download
    Mental and Behavioural Responses to Bahá’’i Fasting: Looking behind the Scenes of a Religiously Motivated Intermittent Fast Using a Mixed Methods Approach. Ring, Raphaela M.; Eisenmann, Clemens; Kandil, Farid I.; Steckhan, Nico; Demmrich, Sarah; Klatte, Caroline; Kessler, Christian S.; Jeitler, Michael; Boschmann, Michael; Michalsen, Andreas; Blakeslee, Sarah B.; Stöckigt, Barbara; Stritter, Wiebke; Koppold-Liebscher, Daniela A. in Nutrients (2022). 14(5) 1038.
  • Voice Analysis for Neurol... - Download
    Voice Analysis for Neurological Disorder Recognition - A Systematic Review and Perspective on Emerging Trends. Hecker, Pascal; Steckhan, Nico; Eyben, Florian; Schuller, Björn W.; Arnrich, Bert in Frontiers in Digital Health (2022). 4


  • Effects of Early vs. Late... - Download
    Effects of Early vs. Late Time-Restricted Eating on Cardiometabolic Health, Inflammation, and Sleep in Overweight and Obese Women: A Study Protocol for the ChronoFast Trial. Peters, Beeke; Koppold-Liebscher, Daniela A.; Schuppelius, Bettina; Steckhan, Nico; Pfeiffer, Andreas F. H.; Kramer, Achim; Michalsen, Andreas; Pivovarova-Ramich, Olga in Frontiers in Nutrition (2021). 8


  • HYPE: Predicting Blood Pr... - Download
    HYPE: Predicting Blood Pressure from Photoplethysmograms in a Hypertensive Population. Morassi Sasso, Ariane; Datta, Suparno; Jeitler, Michael; Steckhan, Nico; Kessler, Christian S.; Michalsen, Andreas; Arnrich, Bert; Böttinger, Erwin M. Michalowski, R. Moskovitch (eds.) (2020). (Vol. 12299)
  • Federated Learning in a M... - Download
    Federated Learning in a Medical Context: A Systematic Literature Review. Pfitzner, Bjarne; Steckhan, Nico; Arnrich, Bert in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT) Special Issue on Security and Privacy of Medical Data for Smart Healthcare (2020).
  • Self-prediction of seizur... - Download
    Self-prediction of seizures in drug resistance epilepsy using digital phenotyping: a concept study. Moontaha, Sidratul; Steckhan, Nico; Kappattanavar, Arpita; Surges, Rainer; Arnrich, Bert (2020). (Vol. 14)


  • Unobtrusive Measurement o... - Download
    Unobtrusive Measurement of Blood Pressure During Lifestyle Interventions. Morassi Sasso, Ariane; Datta, Suparno; Pfitzner, Bjarne; Zhou, Lin; Steckhan, Nico; Boettinger, Erwin; Arnrich, Bert (2019).
  • Integrative Network Analysis Of Microbiome-Immune Axis In Metabolic Syndrome Patients During A Fasting Intervention. Avery, Ellen G; Balogh, András; Bartolomaeus, Hendrik; Löber, Ulrike; Steckhan, Nico; Markó, Lajos; Wilck, Nicola; Hamad, Ibrahim; Šušnjar, Urša; Mähler, Anja; Hohmann, Christoph; Lesker, Till R; Strowig, Till; Dechend, Ralf; Bzdok, Danilo; Kleinewietfeld, Markus; Andreas, Michalsen; Müller, Dominik N; Forslund, Sofia K in Hypertension (2019). 74(Suppl_1)
  • Digital Transformation of... - Download
    Digital Transformation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Accepted Presubmission). Steckhan, Nico; Arnrich, Bert in Complementary Medicine Research (2019).