Marie-Christine Simon    

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Junior professor 'Nutrition and Microbiota', PhD, RD
Junior research group leader in the Nutrition cluster Diet-Body-Brain
Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences (IEL)

Academic Career

Marie-Christine Simon performed in-depth human clinical trials during her PhD at the German Diabetes Center, Duesseldorf, investigating e.g. the impact of probiotics on insulin resistance, incretin effect and inflammatory status in obese and lean healthy subjects. Thus, she has a very profound knowledge on diabetes-related metabolic and immunologic changes and brings her scientific understanding from her studies of nutrition sciences at the University of Bonn. Furthermore, she is certificated as Clinical Research Associate, University Frankfurt, Germany and as Registered Dietician. This and her broad expertise in clinical research, highly qualifies her to perform advanced professional nutritional intervention studies. She has a strong background on microbiome research which she gained during her post-doctoral training at Fredrik Bäckheds Lab, Wallenberg Laboratory at the University Gothenburg. Thus, with her extensive experience she aims for mechanistic understanding of the involvement of the microbiome in the physiology and pathophysiology, covering of key aspects of nutrition and metabolism.

Research Topics

Nutrition, Gut Microbiome, Metabolism

Academic awards

Nutricia-Research Award for clinical nutrition 2016

Karl-Oberdisse-Award 2014

Poster Prize 2012 at the Annual Conference of the European Nutraceutical Association (ENA)


  • Member of the Nutrition Committee of the German Diabetes Association, Mentoring for Master and Graduate Students
  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)
  • German Nutrition Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e. V. (DGE)
  • German Association of Home Economists and Nutrition Scientist (VDOE) “Berufsverband Oecotrophologie e.V.”
  • German Diabetes Association (DDG)
  • German Association of Endocrinology (DGE)
  • German Society for Nutritional Medicine e.V. (DGEM)
  • German Society for Mucosal Immunology and Microbiome (DGMIM)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia Association of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Germany (E&D NRW)



Phone: +49 (0) 228 73-3814


Scientific Vita

  • Junior Professor & Group Leader (PI) of Junior research group ‘Nutrition and Microbiome’ within the Diet-Body-Brain competence cluster funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (since September 2019)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher & Lecturer at the Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences (IEL) at University Bonn
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, The Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Post-doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Clinical Diabetology at the German Diabetes Center, Leibniz-Center for Diabetes Research at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
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