Research Group Prof. Hofmann

Current research focus areas of the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, are

  1. the structural decoding and functional reconstruction of chemosensory signatures of foods and beverages (Sensomics),
  2. the activity-guided discovery of bioactive natural products in foods and complex biological systems (Bioactives), and
  3. the human metabolism of biofunctional food ingredients using metabolomics profiling and molecular definition of nutritive biomarker profiles (Nutritional Metabolomics).

New mass spectrometry based methods to quantitatively monitor chemical target signatures in food products and bioinformatic tools are used to build “digital twins“ capturing the molecular key information on quality determinants along the value chain from the raw materials up to the final food product. Such “digital twins” will build the foundation of a digitally enhanced future food authenticity control system allowing for an increased transparency and traceability.

Team members

Direct call
Prof. Dr. Hofmann, Thomas Head of Chair 2902
Amann, Laura PhD candidate 2907
Bächler, Benedikt PhD candidate 2992
Barz, Johanna PhD candidate 2906
Beusch, Anja Chemical-technical assistant 2908
Bindl, Katharina PhD candidate 2976
Bösl, Markus PhD candidate 2976
Brendel, Sabrina PhD candidate 2996
Brückel, Konrad PhD candidate 2906
Daschner, Andreas Laboratory chemist 2906
Dirndorfer, Sebastian PhD candidate 2906
Fischer, Stefanie PhD candidate 2909
Dr. Frank, Oliver Senior academic lecturer 2910
Gigl, Michael PhD candidate 2906
Gläser, Peter PhD candidate 2995
Hald, Christoph PhD candidate 2907
Hammerl, Richard Scientific assistant 2995
Hartl, Daniela PhD candidate 2907
Hofstetter, Christoph PhD candidate 2979
Jünger, Manon PhD candidate 2909
Kalb, Valerian PhD candidate 2996
Kauz, Thomas PhD candidate 2909
Klade, Stefan Project manager 2760
Köhler, Anneliese Chemical-technical assistant 2997
Kramler, Marlene Chemical-technical assistant 2908
Krauß, Alin PhD candidate 2976
Dr. Lang, Roman Scientific assistant 2978
Dr. Liang, Dong Scientific assistant 2997
Lebedicker, Angela Office assistant 2902
Mittermeier, Verena Scientific assistant 2979
N'Diaye, Katharina PhD candidate 2909
Peters, Verena PhD candidate 2907
Reiter, Sinah PhD candidate 2995
Schlagbauer, Verena Chemical-technical assistant 2908
Dr. Schmid, Christian Scientific assistant 2993
Schmittnägel, Tina PhD candidate 2979
Schury, Carolina PhD candidate 2996
Sebald, Karin Scientific assistant 2992
Spaccasassi, Andrea PhD candidate 2907
Dr. Stark, Timo Academic lecturer 2911
Stiglbauer, Benedikt PhD candidate 2911
Utz, Florian PhD candidate 2996
Walser, Veronika PhD candidate 2907
Weiss, Patrick Chemical-technical assistant 2906
Wu, Tiandan PhD candidate 2907
Wudy, Susanne PhD candidate 2997
Wurzer, Sebastian Chemical-technical assistant 2908