Prof. Dr. Kristin Junge


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Kristin Junge

Guest Scientist

Helmholtz-Centre for
Environmental Research – UFZ
Department Environmental Immunology
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany


Kristin M. Junge
Photo: private

Research Interests

  • Perinatal exposure to lifestyle and environmental factors and overweight/allergy development in infancy: Impact of nutritional compounds (e.g. vitamin D) and epigenetics
  • Research questions are addressed in a translational setting combining data from human epidemiological cohort studies with mechanistic investigations via disease associated stem cell culture models (adipocyte differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells, eosinophil/basophil progenitor cell differentiation/hematopoietic stem cells (Stem cells in Allergy and Obesity)
  • Influence of nutritional compounds on atherogenesis and lipid metabolism

Curriculum vitae / Scientific career


Habilitation as Dr. rer. nat. habil. in the field of nutritional physiology and biochemistry of nutrition at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, topic of the habilitation thesis "Early lifestyle and environmental factors and their impact on infant allergy & obesity development"

since 2024

Member of the specialist group "Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition" of the German Nutrition Society (DGE)

since 09/2023

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the COPLANT study at German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

since 05/2023

Chair of examination board Health & Social Sciences at AKAD University Stuttgart

since 12/2022

Professor for Nutritional Science at AKAD University Stuttgart, School of Health & Social Sciences

since 12/2022

Cooperating scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig, Department of Environmental Immunology


Opening of postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitationsverfahren) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

since 10/2018

Teaching activity: Bachelor/Master student lectures “Nutritional Sciences”, Martin Luther University, Institute for Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Halle/Saale

01/2010 – 06/2010

Postdoc at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

since 06/2009

Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department of Environmental Immunology

06/2006 - 06/2009

PhD-student/Scientist, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of Human Nutrition

PhD thesis:
“Influence of lupin protein (L. angustifolius) on lipid metabolism and atherogenesis”

10/2001 - 06/2006

Student of Nutritional Sciences, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Natural Sciences III, Institute for Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Diploma thesis:
“Homocysteine thiolactone-induced hyperhomocysteinemia does not alter concentrations of cholesterol and SREBP-2 target gene mRNAs in rats”

Awards / Grants


Participation in 64th Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physiology/Medicine) after nomination by Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V. and qualification as highly-talented young researcher by the scientific review panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings


Luther-Award of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Postdoctoral fellowship/ research grant of the German academic exchange service (DAAD)


Award of the society for the support of agricultural and nutritional sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg e.V.



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