Dirk Haller

Dirk Haller
Munich (DEU)

   Dirk Haller is Director of the Institute for Food & Health (ZIEL) and Professor for Nutrition and Immunology (Chair) at the Technical University of Munich. He received his academic training at the University of Hohenheim, graduating in Nutrition Science and Food Technology, and completed his education with a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. Following periods of research in Switzerland (Nestlé Research Center) and USA (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), he received an Emmy Noether carreer award from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work at TUM. He declined international professorships in Canada (University of Alberta) and Switzerland (ETH Zurich) and is Kavli Frontiers of Science alumni (US National Academy of Science and Humboldt Foundation). He recently received the Main Award of the German Society of Medical Microbiology (DGHM).

His research aims to gain a better understanding of microbe-host interactions in gut health and the pathogenesis of chronic intestinal disorders. Nutrition and the intestinal microbiota are interrelated environmental factors and play a pivotal role in the development of complex pathologies, such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC). The intestinal epithelium provides a dynamic interface for the integration of nutritional and microbial factors, and cell stress responses (unfolded protein responses; UPR) are key targets in the regulation of gut homeostasis.  Novel gnotobiotic mouse models are used to address basic and translational research with clinical application.

Prof. Haller currently coordinates the national priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) on “Intestinal microbiota” and the local DFG graduate program “Gut interface function” at the TUM School of Life Sciences in Weihenstephan.


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