Current research focus areas of the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, are
- the structural decoding and functional reconstruction of chemosensory signatures of foods and beverages (Sensomics),
- activity-guided discovery of bioactive natural products in foods and complex biological systems (Bioactives),
- the human metabolism of biofunctional food ingredients using metabolomics profiling and molecular definition of nutritive biomarker profiles (Nutritional Metabolomics), and
- molecular and functional mapping of the metabolic response of food plants on abiotic and biotic stress conditions (Phytometabolomics).
New mass spectrometry based methods to quantitatively monitor chemical target signatures in food products and bioinformatic tools are used to build “digital twins“ capturing the molecular key information on quality determinants along the value chain from the raw materials up to the final food product. Such “digital twins” will build the foundation of a digitally enhanced future food authenticity control system allowing for an increased transparency and traceability.