Kurzprofil Dr. Philip Pirkwieser

Arbeitsgruppe Metabolic Function & Biosignals

Lise-Meitner-Str. 34
85354 Freising
Tel.: +49 8161 71-2932


Metallic off-flavors are a frequent theme in discussions of food product quality, with publications dating back over 90 years. The causes of this unpleasant perception are diverse, ranging from unfavorable concentrations of micronutrients, the use of artificial sweeteners, processing, packaging, and storage, to side-effects of pharmaceutical or chemotherapeutic agents. Although some metals play vital roles in health and nutrition, the mechanisms behind metallic sensing and its contributions to taste, smell and trigeminal nerve sensations are still poorly understood. Combining in vitro assays with state-of-the-art analytical techniques, such as Single Cell Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (SC-ICP-MS), our research aims at identifying whether metal perception can be linked to food quality & safety and, especially, to a distinct biological function.

Berufliche Laufbahn

Since 10/2019 Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University Munich, Freising
Postdoctoral researcher, Metabolic Function & Biosignals
  Dr. rer. nat. Chemistry (2019) University of Vienna, Austria
2016 – 2019 Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
  Ph.D. student Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Instituto Universitario de Investigación Marina (INMAR). International Campus of Global Excellence (Cei·Mar)
2016 – 2019 University of Vienna, Austria
  Ph.D. student Faculty of Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
  MSc Chemistry (2016) University of Vienna, Austria
  BSc Chemistry (2013) University of Innsbruck, Austria
Since 2017 Editorial assistant, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Since 2020 Technical University of Munich
  Psychophysik & experimentelle Sensorik
2017 – 2019 Lecturer, University of Vienna
  Laboratory Course in Environmental Chemistry
  Environmental chemistry lab course including scientific fieldwork
  Basic Chemistry Laboratory Course I: Proseminar
  Radiochemistry Lab Course

Pirkwieser, P., Behrens, M., & Somoza, V. (2020). Metallic Sensation—Just an Off-Flavor or a Biologically Relevant Sensing Pathway?. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 69(6), 1775-1780.