Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology
at the Technical University of Munich (LSB)
The Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich comprises a new, 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, the institute spearheads the development of a food systems biology.
Its aim is to develop new approaches for the sustainable production of sufficient quantities of food whose biologically active effector molecule profiles are geared to health and nutritional needs, but also to the sensory preferences of consumers. To do so, the institute explores the complex networks of sensorically relevant effector molecules along the entire food production chain with a focus on making their effects systemically understandable and predictable in the long term.
Food systems biology is a cross-disciplinary research approach that enables complex issues in food research to be addressed. It combines food chemistry and molecular biology application-oriented basic research with in silico biology. The latter includes the areas of bioinformatics, statistics & machine learning, systems theory & mathematical modeling, and molecular analysis.
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: