Food4Me partner of the month

Hannelore Daniel - Technische Universität München (TUM)

This month we spoke to Hannelore Daniel, from Technische Universität München (TUM), who is managing work on technology and personalised nutrition.

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Hannelore is Professor and Chair in Physiology of Human Nutrition and a director of the Center Institute of Nutrition and Food science (ZIEL) at the Technische Universität München (TUM).

Her background is in Human Nutrition with a specialisation in biochemistry and physiology. Throughout her career she has been conducting basic research on the functions of individual proteins in human nutrition with emphasis on nutrient transporters which were cloned, expressed and functionally analysed in her lab.

We asked Hannelore about her work for Food4Me.

How did you get involved in the Food4Me project?

My expertise in molecular and cell biology brought me into nutrigenomics research by studying gene expression, changes in the proteome and metabolome in various biological models and in humans with the advanced life sciences tools. I was also a founding member of NuGO (European nutrigenomics organization) and here I met and collaborated with a variety of partners that now also join Food4me. 

What is your specific role within the project?

I manage the team working on developing the technologies for advanced phenotyping of humans. This includes some feasibility studies, the scouting for new and emerging tools and devices for decentralised phenotyping and the implementation of all phenotyping approaches in the Food4me Proof of Principle Study.

What are you hoping will be the outcome of your research?

We are aiming to establish a standardised and compatible platform for assessing food intake, for obtaining health information and for advanced dietary recommendations with novel algorythms for applications in a web-based or “e-health” environment respectively.

What impact do you hope your research will have?

I hope that we can establish the technologies that allow a decentralised genotyping and phenotyping and prove their validity, as they are essential elements in all further approaches in personalised nutrition.


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