Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich
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
Functional biopolymer systems
and food hypersensitivities
Fundamental mechanisms of celiac disease,
wheat sensitivity and wheat allergy

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 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 primary research objective 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 physiologically and sensorically relevant effector molecules along the entire food production chain in order to make their effects systemically understandable and predictable over the long term.

Main Research Topics

The overall scientific strategy of the Leibniz-LSB@TUM is geared towards three core fields of research:

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, two core technology units contribute significantly to the success of major research projects: