Jo Arne Helmuth was a PhD student at the MOSAIC group between July 2006 and July 2010, and a postdoctoral fellow between September 2010 and December 2010. He is a German citizen, born in 1979 in Hanover, Germany. After leaving the MOSAIC Group, Jo became a quantitative financial analyst with LGT Finance in Pfäffikon SZ, Switzerland.
During 2000-2005 Jo studied Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich and majored in nanotechnology and computational science. In 2005 he received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering with an average grade of 5.65/6.00.
During his studies, he worked at the Corporate Research Laboratory of ABB Schweiz AG in Baden, Switzerland (2003), strengthening his experience in numerical simulation techniques. During his diploma thesis he did research work on micro-contact printing at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland (2005). A semester project on the analysis of virus motion trajectories initiated his interest in computational cell biology and led to a fruitful collaboration with cell biologists from the University of Zurich.
Between July 2006 and July 2010, Jo did his PhD at the MOSAIC Group. In his thesis project, he developed algorithms and software for processing live-cell images and for data analysis using statistical methods. He then applied the new methods to study the endocytosis of viruses in live cells. After his PhD he stayed for a 4-month postdoc during which he developed an exact and efficient simulation algorithm for intracellular transport.
J. A. Helmuth. Computational Methods for Analyzing and Simulating Intra-Cellular Transport Processes. PhD thesis, Diss. ETH No. 19190, ETH Zürich, 2010. (PDF)