Camilla Kienast

Camilla Kienast

Doctoral Candidate

Center for Space Medicine Berlin
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Charitéplatz 1 
10117 Berlin

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Camilla Kienast is a scientist at the Charité University Medicine Berlin. She passed the final state-exam in autumn 2019.

She joined the Center for Space Medicine in 2014 and is now pursuing her doctoral thesis regarding changes of sleep and neuropeptide Y during the “Yukon Arctic Ultramarathon”. This study is part of a continued study: “Physiological Changes in Participants of an Ultramarathon in Subarctic Climate” by Dr. Mathias Steinach. From January to February 2019 she was part of the research group under Dr. Mathias Steinach, which examined ultramarathon-runners during the “Yukon Arctic Ultra” in Canada.

As a scientist, she investigates the “Clinical Room of the Future”, a project by the groups of Prof. Gunga and Prof. Witt.

Scientific fields of interest: neuropeptide Y, sleep in extreme environments, pain, psychomotor activity under stress, thermoregulation physiology.

Mrs. Kienast is also a marathon runner and triathlete.


Kienast C, Gunga HC, Steinach M: “Neuropeptide Y – Its role in human performance and extreme environments” in REACH – Reviews in Human Space Exploration, 2019