Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller, Chair of Nutrition and Immunology at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, has been Director of the ZIEL corporate research center since July 1, 2014. Deputy director is Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, University Center for Health Sciences at the Klinikum Augsburg, UNIKA-T, Chair of Environmental Medicine.
ZIEL has a flexible and topic-based membership structure. This makes it possible to exploit the center’s integrated specialist expertise to the full and facilitates research on complex and interdisciplinary issues.
The existing organizational structure is complemented by a scientific council (ZIEL Scientific Council). The Scientific Council advises ZIEL on its research orientation through the provision of constructive support and makes recommendations on its strategic development.
The Core Facilities enable the implementation of ZIEL’s research areas. They provide platform technologies for microbiome analysis in the form of next-generation sequencing and gnotobiology (Microbiome Core Facility), intervention studies and human phenotyping (Human Studies Core Facility), and food processing technologies (Food Processing/WZW, Fraunhofer IVV and ZIEL Cooperation Core Facility).
The ZIEL operates a thematic support program for young scientists that promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between the research groups.
The ZIEL Academy’s mission is to communicate new insights from food and nutrition research practice, both within the university and at national and international levels, through the organization of events.