Prof. Dr. Kurt Gedrich
(Research group leader)
Tel.: +49 8161 71 2483
Since 2019, Prof. Dr. Kurt Gedrich is head of the Research Group Public Health Nutrition at the ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
After having studied Home Economics ("Ökotrophologie") from 1987 to 1993, Kurt Gedrich received a Ph.D. degree in Nutrition Economics in 1996, and the university teaching credentials ("Venia Legendi") for Nutritional Behavior in 2006.
He was involved in launching and conducting several regional, national and European nutrition surveys and has been contributing to the German Nutrition Reports for more than 20 years.
In 2012, Kurt Gedrich joint Prof. Daniel's team at the chair of Nutrition Physiology and switched his research focus to Personalized Nutrition.
His major competences are in the fields of Nutrition and Health Behavior, Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition Optimization, and Biostatistics.
M.Sc. Birgit Kaiser
Birgit graduated in Public Health (MPH) and is currently a PhD candidate in the Research Group Public Health Nutrition at the ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
She started of doing her bachelor’s degree in the field of occupational therapies. Gaining practical experience during her different internships at pediatrics, gerontology and neurological rehabilitation centers. She attended her bachelor’s degree (BSc) at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in 2016. In the same year she started her master’s degree in Public Health at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. During her studies she completed an internship at the Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBM). At the IBM she also did her master thesis using a qualitative approach and focusing on parents’ perspectives on healthy neighborhoods.
After acquiring her master’s degree (MPH) in 2018, she joint the Chair of Nutritional Physiology as a PhD candidate. Her PhD project is based in the enable Cluster, a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within the project she focuses on personalized nutrition and integrating personalized nutrition into smartphone application as well as designing user friendly interfaces.
M.Sc. Julia Blaurock
Julia holds a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) and is currently a PhD candidate in the working group Public Health Nutrition at TUM’s ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health.
Prior to her master studies, she studied Business Administration (B.Sc.) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. During her studies, she gained insights into health economics.
During her master studies, she did an internship at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management at Helmholtz Zentrum where she wrote her master thesis on the topic “Validity, Reliability and Responsiveness of the EQ-5D-Y for children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases”.
Currently, she is working for the EU-funded Food Nutrition Security (FNS) Cloud project. Within this project, 36 European institutions and organisations are aiming to implement existing and newly collected data from the fields of nutrition, health, consumer behaviour, agriculture and bio-economy in an open cloud solution. The goal is to strengthen international and interdisciplinary scientific collaboration and to use FNS data more efficiently, thus helping the food industry to make progress towards a more sustainable production and helping consumers to make better informed and healthier nutritional decisions.
M.Sc. Nadine Ohlhaut
Nadine graduated in Nutrition Science and is currently a PhD candidate in the Research Group Public Health Nutrition at the ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
She started her academic career with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science (TUM) and obtained her bachelor's degree in 2017, followed by a master's degree in Nutrition and Biomedicine in March 2020 (TUM). During her studies she was continuously involved in university politics as a student representative on a voluntary basis. In addition, she worked as an undergraduate assistant in the ZIEL administration office. During her master studies she conducted a research internship at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane/ Australia, where she investigated the influence of infiltrating immune cells on the survival rate of esophageal cancer patients. As part of her master's thesis she developed strategies and guidelines for the recruitment of volunteers for nutritional studies.
After finishing her master's degree, she started her PhD in the Research Group Public Health Nutrition and now cooperates in the management of the 3rd Bavarian Food Consumption Survey (BVS III).