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 (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.

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. 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.



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