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Professor Michael Müller is a Professor of Nutrigenomics and Systems Nutrition. He is a renowned expert in the area of molecular nutrition related to lipid homeostasis, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology and his work is focussed on the molecular mechanisms underlying genome-wide effects of foods (specific bioactive components or nutrients) on immuno-metabolic health and plasticity of the gut-liver axis.

Professor Muller is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He was a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, i.e. “BMC Genomics” (associate editor), "European Journal of Nutrition" (section editor "Nutrigenomics") and “PLOS One” (academic editor). He is an visiting professor at Nanjing Agricultural University (China) and (co)author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications with more than 16000 citations.  As promoter, he has supervised 26 PhD students. He has an H-factor of 75. Since September 2019 he is the scientific director (CEO) of NuGO, an association of Universities and Research Institutes with a focus on joint development of research in molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics, and nutritional systems biology.



Key Research Interests

Molecular nutrition related to lipid homeostasis, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology.  

Molecular mechanisms underlying genome-wide effects of foods (specific bioactive components or nutrients) on metabolic health and plasticity.

Academic Background

1983 - 1988 University Freiburg/Germany
PhD thesis project

1979 - 1983 University Freiburg/Germany
Examination as chemist (Diplomchemiker)

1976 - 1979 University Dortmund/Germany
Pre examination chemistry


1988 – 1994 German Cancer Research Center, Division of Tumorbiochemistry, Heidelberg/Germany. Postdoctoral fellow and scientific employee at the German Cancer Research Center.

1994 - Nov 2000 University Hospital Groningen, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Groningen/The Netherlands. Associate professor, senior scientist and research leader (“Regulation of transport proteins in normal and diseased liver”)

2000 – 2013 University Wageningen, Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics group, Wageningen/ The Netherlands. Full professor and Chair of Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics at Wageningen University/The Netherlands. From 2003-2009 he was Scientific Director of the Nutrigenomics Consortium.  From 2010-2013 he was Scientific Director of the Netherlands Nutrigenomics Center.  He was board member of the NUGO. 

2014 – now University of East Anglia Norwich/UK. Full Professor at the Norwich Medical School (Systems Nutrition and Nutrigenomics). 

2014 - 2019 Director of the Food and Health Alliance (Norwich Research Park).

Sept 2019 - Scientific director (CEO) of NuGO.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor rerum naturalium, University of Freiburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

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