Leitung

Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller

Technical University of Munich
TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Chair of Nutrition and Immunology
Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2
D-85354 Freising-Weihenstephan

Tel.: +49 (0) 8161-71 2026
Fax: +49 (0) 8161-71 2824

EMail: dirk.haller [at] tum.de

Wissenschaftlicher CV - PDF

Current Position
Chair of Nutrition and Immunology (W3 Professor), TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan; Director of ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health, Technical University of Munich
Academic Education
1990-1997 Food Technology, University of Hohenheim, Diploma ’summa cum laude’
1993-1996 Nutrition Science, University of Hohenheim, Diploma ’summa cum laude’
2000 Dr. rer. nat. in Microbiology and Immunology ’summa cum laude’
’Modulation of the immune response by non-pathogenic bacteria’
Postgraduate Positions
2014 to date Director of ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health, Technical University of Munich/Germany
2008 to date Full Professor (W3) at the Technical University of Munich/Germany, Nutrion and Immunology (Chair)
2007-2016 Head of Department, Nutrition and Food Sciences
2007 Declined Full Professorship at ETH Zürich/Switzerland, Nutritional Biochemistry (Chair)
2006-2008 Associate Professor (W2) at the Technical University of Munich/Germany, Experimental Nutritional Medicine
2005 Declined Associate Professorship at University of Alberta/Canada, Department of Medicine
2003-2006 DFG Emmy Noether Group, Technical University of Munich/Germany
2001-2002 DFG Emmy Noether research fellow at the University of North Carolina/USA, Department of Medicine
1999-2000 Scientist at Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne/Switzerland, Department of Immunology
Honors/ Awards/ Professional Activities
2020 Wissenschaftliches Mitglied in der Ständigen Senatskommission zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Lebensmitteln (SKLM) der DFG
2020 Associate Editor of Mucosal Immunology
2020 Science and Innovation Advisory Committee of Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK
2020 ICREA Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Life & Medical Science Senior Call Evaluator
2019-2022 Coordinator of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (CRC1371) Microbiome Signatures – Functional Relevance in the Digestive Tract
2019 ERC Panel Head, Consolidator Grants
2018 ICREA Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Life & Medical Science Senior Call Evaluator
2017 ERC Panel Head, Consolidator Grants
2017 Associate Editor Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2017 to date Board of the German Society of Nutrition (DGE)
2016-2019 Coordinator of the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Diet-induced Arrangement of the Gut Microbiome (DINAMIC)
2015 Main Award from the German Medical Society (DGHM)
2015 ERC Panel Head, Consolidator Grant
2012-2020 Coordinator of the DFG Priority Program (SPP1656) – Intestinal Microbiota
2011-2017 Coordinator of the DFG Research Training Group (GRK1482)
2010 Scientific Chair of the European Science Foundation (ESF), Forward Look initiative – Gene environment interaction in chronic disease
2007-2009 German American Frontiers of Science Alumni at the National Acadamy of Sciences of America and the Humboldt Foundation
2007-2009 Section Head of the German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) – Microbiota, Probiotics and Host
2001-2006 DFG Emmy Noether Career Award
Research Sketch
In the past years, Prof. Haller established comprehensive research programs at the international (EU), national (DFG Priority Program SPP 1656) and local level (DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC 1371) to unravel the functional role of the gut microbiome in health and disease, specifically exploring the mechanisms of bacterial signal integration at the intestinal epithelial cell interface. Food exposure influences the composition and function of the gut microbial ecosystem and is considered as important risk factor in the development of chronic disorders. Prof Haller established the Institute for Food & Health (Zentralinstitut für Ernährung und Lebensmittelforschung; ZIEL) to implement these research question across scientific disciplines at TUM. Novel infrastructure and technology platforms, including microbiome-related next-generation sequencing (NGS) as well as gnotobiotic mouse housing, contribute to cutting-edge research at the interface of nutrition science and biomedicine. Prof. Haller published 177 publications in internationally high-ranking journals (h-index 51, Scopus). He belongs to the 1% most cited researchers with more than 1103 citations per year.
Prof. Haller is dedicated to understand mechanisms of microbe-host interactions in the digestive tract and explores the question how the microbiome affects chronic pathologies, including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC). The intestinal epithelium provides a dynamic interface to sense the metabolic and microbial environment in the gut and is therefore prime target of his research activities. In the past years, Prof. Haller and his team generated a comprehensive understanding how commensal bacteria affect intestinal epithelial homeostasis. Tissue-specific mouse models under germ-free conditions and selective microbial colonization (gnotobiology) are key methodologies to achieve a mechanistic understanding for mitochondrial dysfunction and activated ER stress signaling in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory and tumorigenic disorders. In the past few years, the research program involved human studies and one important aspect of this work is to define the functional relevance of microbiome signatures in healthy populations and IBD patients.
Teaching
Basics in Immunology
Biofunctionality of Food
Nutrition and Microbe-Host Interaction
Experimental Immunology
Food and Health
Selected Memberships
German Society of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene (DGHM)
German Society of Mucosal Immunology and Microbiome (DGMIM)
European Network of Excellence on Nutrigenomics
Member of the reviewer Committee of the Leibniz Society
Member of the BMBF Road Map Committee
German American Frontiers of Science at the National Acadamy of Sciences
ILSI Expert Group on Probiotics
ILSI Expert Group on Biomarkers of Inflammation
European Science Foundation Forward Look
Editor of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
European Research Council (ERC) Panel Head