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Jun.-Prof. Dr.
Jenny Stracke

Animal Ethology

Institut of Animal Sciences (ITW)

Endenicher Allee 15, 53115 Bonn

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Jenny Stracke studied ‚Biology‘ with a focus on ‚Neurobiology and Behaviour‘ in Hannover and Berlin. She did her doctoral studies at the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), and obtained her doctoral degree in 2018 at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rostock. From 2016 to 2021 she worked as a research assistant at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, focussing on animal welfare and farm animal ethology. Since december 2021 she heads the Junior-Professorship for Farm Animal Ethology at the University of Bonn.

Her research focuses on the welfare of farm animals, using both, basic and applied methods of farm animal ethology. She is studying the processes of how animals evaluate and interact with their housing environments, to find innovative solutions to (1) improve the housing conditions and (2) to find reliable and valide tools to measure farm animal welfare.



Prof. Dr.
Matin Qaim

Economic and
Technological Change

Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)
Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn

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Matin Qaim studied agricultural sciences in Bonn and Kiel and obtained his doctoral degree in 2000 from the University of Bonn. After a two-year postdoc phase at UC Berkeley, California, he completed his habilitation in Bonn and obtained the venia legendi in agricultural and development economics. In 2004, he became professor at the University of Hohenheim; in 2007 he took over the Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen. Since October 2021, he is Schlegel-Professor of Economic and Technological Change at the Agricultural Faculty in Bonn and Director at the Center for Development Research (ZEF).

In his research, Qaim pursues economic and social questions related to global food security, poverty reduction, sustainable food systems, and new agricultural technologies. Many of his projects are located in countries of the global south in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Qaim is elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Fellow of the American Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Since 2021 he has been President-Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).



Prof. Dr.
Henning Hintzsche

Food Safety

Institute for Nutritional and Food Sciences (IEL)

Nußallee 5, 53115 Bonn

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Henning Hintzsche studied pharmacy and is a licensed pharmacist. He obtained his PhD at the Chair of Toxicology at the University of Würzburg and worked as a Postdoc at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. From 2011 to 2021 he was a research assistant and group leader in Würzburg, and from 2016 to 2021 he was Head of Department at the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority in Erlangen. In the winter semester 2021/22 he takes over the professorship for food safety at the Institute for Nutritional and Food Sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

His research focus is the mechanistic investigation of various DNA damages that play an important role in carcinogenesis. The focus is on the analysis of chromosomal DNA damage in the form of micronuclei. The origin of this type of damage has already been investigated and understood in detail, but the further fate after its formation and thus its consequence and relevance for the organism is largely unclear. Microscopic and molecular biological methods are used to investigate these questions.



Prof. Dr.
Sarah Egert


Nutritional Physiology

Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences (IEL)

Nußallee 9, 53115 Bonn

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Sarah Egert studied Oecotrophology with a focus on human nutrition and received her PhD from Kiel University in 2006. From 2006 to 2009 she worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science at Kiel University. In 2009, she moved to the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Bonn. In 2013, she habilitated and received the venia legendi for “Nutritional Physiology and Human Nutrition”. From 2017 to 2018, she was Head of the Science Department at the German Nutrition Society. In 2018, Sarah Egert was appointed to the professorship of Nutritional Science and Dietetics at the University of Hohenheim. She returned to Bonn in the summer semester 2021 and now heads the Professorship of Nutritional Physiology.

Her research focuses on the cardiometabolic effects of dietary fatty acids (especially plant and marine omega-3 fatty acids) and dietary patterns, the bioavailability and efficacy of secondary plant compounds (especially flavonoids) and postprandial metabolism. Her methodological focus is on conducting controlled dietary intervention studies in different subjects (e.g. healthy individuals, individuals with risk factors for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases).

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