Technische Universität München


TUM was founded in 1868 to provide the state of Bavaria (Southern Germany) with a center of learning dedicated to the natural sciences. Since the early days TUM has been at the forefront of innovation with a strong emphasis on the basic sciences such as physics and chemistry but also in engineering and the life sciences. The university combines top-class facilities for cutting-edge research with unique learning opportunities for over 31,000 students.tum logo

Today, TUM is one of Europe's top universities. It is in the leading group amongst all German universities in international recognition, success in competitive grant applications and funding, and was awarded as University of Excellence. Beyond its excellence in research and teaching, it is also committed to interdisciplinary education and the promotion of young scientists and female researchers. The university also has strong links to the commercial sector and formal alliances with numerous scientific institutions across the world.

Center Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (ZIEL)

TUM hosts the ZIEL (Center Institute of Nutrition and Food Science) with 8 research units, around 200 employees and 80 tum zielPhD students dedicated to integrated research in food technology and engineering, food microbiology, and safety and human nutrition.

Center for Diet and Disease (CDD)

The human nutrition research team of ZIEL and TUM is unified in the CDD, the Centtum center for diet and diseaseer for Diet and Disease. All partners address aspects of diet in the context of energy metabolism, vitamin and trace element status, response to dietary constituents, and diseases such as of the cardiovascular system, type 2 diabetes or inflammatory bowel diseases.

The Molecular Nutrition Unit of TUM headed by Hannelore Daniel has a recognised expertise in molecular and cell biology approaches to diet-gene interactions. Effects of nutrients and non-nutrient components of foods are assessed at all levels (transcriptomics, proteomoics and metabolomics) in cells, model organisms and humans. The unit has been a founding member of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) and manages a variety of coordinated research and educational programs including the ZIEL-TUM Academy of Nutrition and Food Science.

TUM is mainly responsible for technology development and applications within the Food4Me project and hosts the Germany cohort along the 8 European study centers that carry out the proof of principle study.

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The Researchers

Meet the TUM scientists involved in the Food4Me proof of principle study.

Prof. Dr. Hannelore Daniel

tum hannelore danielHannelore is chair in Physiology of Human Nutrition at TUM and a scientific director of ZIEL. She is in charge of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in biochemistry and physiology of human nutrition with 25 years of experience. Her unit currently hosts 6 post-docs and 12 PhD students and has participated in various EU-projects (Isoheart, Nusisco, NuGo-A, Eugindat). Hannelore has over 300 citations in ISI (PNAS, FASEB J, Gastroenterology, JBC, Am J Clin Nutr, Br J Nutr, Physiological Genomics) with 200 to 450 citations per year and a h-index of 30. These publications demonstrate that the unit has been on the frontier of technological developments applied to nutrition research from early gene cloning to applications of cDNA microarrays, proteome and metabolome analysis with mass spectrometry. Hannelore has initiated the Munich Functional Metabolomics Initiative for comprehensive phenotyping of humans based on MS and NMR methods in combination with genotype analysis provided by the partners of the Helmholtz-Center Munich.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Hannelore is leader of Food4Me research on technology for personalised nutrition.

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Silvia Kolossa

tum silvia kolossaSilvia is the PhD research student for the Food4Me project at the TUM. She holds a BSc and MSc degree in nutritional sciences. Her master's thesis focussed on molecular nutritional medicine. She also gained experience in customer service, working in the health care unit of a public relation agency before she started her PhD in June 2012.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Silvia is involved in the proof of principle study in Germany, project management and data analysis.

 Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ulla I. Klein


tum ulla kleinUlla works as a research assistant for the food4me project at TUM in the administration team of Hannelore Daniel. Ulla obtained her PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Behavioural Physiology in Seewiesen investigating chemoreception processes. Active in research and teaching for quite some time she did her habilitation in Cell Biology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, studying energisation of transport processes. A few years ago she even got her BSc in nutritional science at TUM. Currently she is also teaching biology at a secondary school.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Within Food4Me, Ulla participates in the feasibility study conducted at TUM and in the proof of principle study by providing materials for the 8 European study centers. She also contributes to the research on technology for personalised nutrition.

Dr. Kai Hartwig

tum kai hartwigKai is working as a research associate for the Food4Me project at TUM. He obtained his doctor's degree in the Molecular Nutrition Unit at TUM in the field of ageing research by studying the effects of flavonoids on ROS-resistance and ageing in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. He thereafter worked at the Campus Office at TUM in administration and management in coordinating teaching before he joined the Food4Me project in June 2011.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me


Kai is involved in the administration and coordination of the research on technology for personalised nutrition, and management of the proof of principle study in Germany.




































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