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Dr. oec. troph. Marie-Christine Simon


Marie-Christine Simon  


Postdoc at IEL
PhD in Nutrition Science, RD, 2013


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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)

Key publications  

Crommen S, Simon M C. Microbial Regulation of Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Resistance. Genes 2017 Dec 29;9(1)

Simon M C, Strassburger K, Nowotny B, Kolb H, Nowotny P, Burkart V, Zivehe F, Hwang J H, Stehle P, Pacini G, Hartmann B, Holst J J, MacKenzie C R, Henrich B, Schloot N C, Roden M. Intake of Lactobacillus reuteri increases incretin and insulin secretion in glucose tolerant human subjects Diabetes Care 2015;38:1–8

Simon M C, Bilan S, Nowotny B, Dickhaus T, Burkart V, Schloot N C; Fatty acids modulate cytokine and chemokine secretion of stimulated human whole blood cultures in diabetes Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2013, Jun;172(3):383-93


Member of the Nutrition Committee of the German Diabetes Association
Mentoring for Master and Graduate Students