In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest found harmful benzene in drinks with cherry flavor. But how did the substance get into the drinks? Was the source benzaldehyde, an essential component of the cherry flavoring? And if so, how could the problem be solved? A new study by the Leibniz-Institute fo ... more
Dr. Josef Ecker
Technische Universität München, ZIEL – Institute for Food & Health
Josef Ecker, born in 1978, studied biology at the University of Regensburg. He earned his doctorate in 2007, after which he researched as a postdoc at the University Hospital in Regensburg at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry. After several subsequent years in industry, working in executive and laboratory management, he went back into academic research. Since 2016 he has been an independent group leader at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
“Follow your passion and success will follow. Maybe not right away, but very soon.”
He is “Principal Investigator” in the Priority Program SPP1656 “Intestinal Microbiota” of the German Research Foundation DFG (2016-2019) and, from 2019 onwards, in the Collaborative Research Center CRC 1371 “Microbiome Signatures – Functional Relevance in the Digestive Tract”. Josef Ecker has been/is a speaker at many conferences around the globe and, since 2018, has been an active member of the “Health and Nutrition” section of the German Society for Fat Science (DGF).
His work in the field of the lipid metabolism of blood cells (PNAS 2010:107(17):7817-22) was honored in 2010 as a Highlight Biomedical Research by the University Hospital Regensburg. His own position as Principal Investigator at the TUM between 2016 and 2018 was funded by the DFG.
His research focuses on the lipid metabolism of humans and animals, lipids in the diet as well as on “gut” microbiota.
- Lipid mass spectrometry
- Stable isotope labelling of lipid metabolic pathways (in vitro and in vivo)
- Molecular and biochemical techniques
- Mouse experiments
- Cell culture