Chair for Molecular Nutritional Medicine

Else Kröner-Fresenius Stiftungsprofessur


Physiological and genetic adaptations of metabolism tune our body to adequately respond to food components and nutritional challenges. Our group investigates the impact of nutrition on the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure in animals and humans. 

Our research projects address several aspects of nutritional and metabolic physiology:

  • Mechanisms regulating food intake and energy expenditure
  • Molecular basis of diet-induced thermogenesis
  • Control of gene transcription in metabolic regulation
  • Metabolic effects of secondary plant metabolites in our food

We study mouse models as well as cell culture systems applying a broad spectrum of methods in physiology, cell biology and molecular biology. On the physiological level apply state-of-the-art equipment to monitor daily alterations in the energy budget of mice exposed to different alimentary conditions. On the molecular level sophisticated methods are employed to investigate the functions of mitochondria either in isolated organelles or in living cells.