Profile of the Research Group

The research group Nutrients and Health (NUH) is mainly focused on elucidating the functional health effects of the amino acid methionine, lipids such as omega-3 fatty acids, the fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D and K, and probiotics for both the prevention and management of disease, particularly those related to neuropsychiatry and ageing.

The aim of the research group is to explore the effect nutrients have on health outcomes. One of our main interests is the vitamin D metabolic phenotype (i.e., the full set of vitamin D metabolites under specific conditions for a given time point) and its potential to reveal more complex disease biomarkers and relationships. The specific aim is to provide evidence for characteristic multiple metabolite fingerprints, which can be correlated with disease phenotypes and to observe patterns of change of these fingerprints over time.

We are also investigating the ability of amino acids and lipids such as methionine and omega-3 fatty acids to modulate health outcomes, through modifying their contribution to the overall dietary intake.

A third focus is on the effect of probiotics and the gut microbiome on brain-related conditions and the gut-brain-axis.

The group works in close collaboration with the group Food and Health, also led by Prof. Stokes at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.