Research Department Nutrition and Food Sciences

Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2
85350 Freising

Tel.: 08161/ 71 - 2026
Fax: 08161/ 71 - 2824


Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller


Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller


Gregor-Mendel-Str. 2
85350 Freising
Tel.: 08161/ 71 - 2026
Fax: 08161/ 71 - 2824




Food Technology, University of Hohenheim
Nutrition Science, University of Hohenheim
Diploma in Nutrition Science ’summa cum laude’
Diploma in Food Technology ’summa cum laude’
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology ’summa cum laude’ ’Modulation of immune response by non-pathogenic bacteria’.
Researcher at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne/Switzerland, Department of Immunology
Emmy Noether DFG research fellow at the University of North Carolina/USA, Department of Medicine
Emmy Noether DFG group leader at the Technical University of Munich/Germany
Associate Professor (W2), Fachgebiet für Experimentelle Ernährungsmedizin (Experimental Nutritional Medicine) at the Technische Universität München/Germany
2008 to date
Full Professor (W3), Lehrstuhl für Biofunktionalität der Lebensmittel, (Chair for the Biofunctionality of Food) at the Technische Universität München /Germany

Selected Honors, Awards:

  • Emmy Noether Career Development Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG 2001/2003/2005)
  • German American Frontiers of Science Symposium at the National Acadamy of Science (2007/2008)
  • Declined Associate Professorship-offer (‚Ruf’): University of Alberta, Department of Medicine (2005)
  • Declined Full Professorship-offer (‚Ruf’): ETH Zürich, Chair for Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Head of the Department Nutrition and Food (2007)
  • Head of the section „Microbiota, Probiota and Host at the DGHM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie)

Reseach Interests:

  • Molecular pathology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Bacteria-host interactions in animal models for chronic intestinal inflammation
  • Interrelated mechanisms of inflammatory and metabolic stress
  • Intestinal epithelial cell pathology and signal transduction under chronic inflammation
  • Functional food components for the nutritional intervention of chronic inflammation
  • Probiotics and prebiotics


  • Basics in Immunology
  • Biofunctionality of Food
  • Immunopathology and Nutrition
  • Experimental Nutritional Medicine and Immunology
  • Clinical Chemistry

Selected Memberships:

  • Society for Microbiology and Hygiene
  • European Network of Excellence on Nutrigenomics
  • Editor of the European Journal of Nutrition
  • Editor of the Journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • 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 Science
  • ILSI Expert Group on Probiotics