Cells are masters of self-protection. Their membranes let in substances that are vital for them, but block out other substances – including those that could be used to fight diseases. Overcoming this natural barrier is a central concern of cell research. Scientists at Jacobs University Brem ... more
Prof. Dr. Nikolai Kuhnert
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Nikolai Kuhnert, born in 1967, studied Chemistry at Würzburg University (Germany) and earned his PhD in 1995 in the field of Inorganic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Biology. After holding further positions in England (Cambridge, Oxford and Guildford), he has been working as Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) since 2006.
His research focuses on the development of mass spectrometry methods for examining processed foods. This kind of (thermal or microbial) processing often dramatically changes the chemical composition of the raw plant material, resulting in thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands of new substances. The working group led by Prof. Kuhnert aims to find out the structure of these compounds, how they originate and whether they (positively or negatively) influence human health.