• Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology
    at the Technical University of Munich

  • Alternative

    Natural products and metabolite systems

    Structural decoding of bio-functional food effector signatures

  • Chemosensory Systems

    Structural decoding, functional reconstruction
    and modulation of complex food flavors

  • Chemoreception and biosignaling

    Activity and biosignal coding of foodborne effector systems
    on chemosensory biosystems

  • Chemoreceptor-mediated immune responses

    Chemoreception, signal transduction and gene regulation of the cellular immune system

Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology
at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM)

The Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich comprises a unique research profile at the interface of Food Chemistry & Biology, Chemosensors & Technology, and Bioinformatics & Machine Learning. As this profile has grown far beyond the previous core discipline of classical Food Chemistry, we are spearheading the development of a Food Systems Biology at the Institute.  

Our aim is to develop new approaches for the sustainable production of sufficient quantities of foods whose biologically active effector molecule profiles are geared towards health and nutritional needs, but also towards the sensory preferences of consumers. To do so, we explore the complex networks of sensorically relevant effector molecules along the entire food value chain with the overall aim to make their effects systemically understandable and predictable in the long term.

What Does Food Systems Biology Mean?

Food Systems Biology is a cross-disciplinary research approach that enables complex issues in food research to be addressed. With this approach, we combine Food Chemistry and Molecular Biology with In Silico Biology, integrateting the fields of Bioinformatics, Statistics & Machine Learning, Systems Theory & Mathematical Modeling, and Molecular Analysis.



Scientists at Leibniz-LSB@TUM research the biological functions of sensory-relevant food compounds and their effects on the human organism—so there is always something new to report.

Research Sections

The organizational structure of the Leibniz-LSB@TUM comprises three research sections. According to the core research fields, these sections address interdisciplinary research questions by means of a systems biology approach:

Core Technology Units

Complementing the three research sections, three core technology units contribute significantly to the success of major research projects: