Research Interests

My research activities are targeted to perform interdisciplinary research at the interface between exercise science, nutrition and medicine. I aim to gain a better understanding of the role of diet and physical activity for promoting life expectancy, especially measuring how nutritional strategies and lifestyle modifications may facilitate overall health and help to improve, preserve or restore functional capacity, with a particular focus on muscle–immune interactions.

Themes: Ageing, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Wellbeing


HDHL-INTIMIC (2019–2021)
Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiota and Human Health
Funding: ERA-Net Cofund, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Principal Investigator (Task Leader)
– To explore the relation between dietary/physical activity patterns and the microbiome
– To look into the mechanisms by which gut microbiota is able to influence muscle health
– To describe gene functions that are related to tryptophan metabolism (gut-brain-axis)

HIP (2016–2017)
High Protein in Older Hip Fracture Patients
Funding: Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA)
Principal Investigator

OMNI-BIOTICS (2015–2016)
Probiotics Supplementation for Athletes
Funding: Institute Allergosan GmbH
Principal Investigator

KORA-AGE (2014–2016)
Impact of Muscle Strength for Successful Aging – A Population-based Analysis
Funding: Tyrolean Science Fund (Project No 0404/1398)
Principal Investigator

VAT (2014–2015)
Abdominal Obesity and Vascular Function
Grant: U.S. NINDS (R01NS75565, APH), NIA (F31AG040890, MMG), Fulbright


Medical University Vienna, Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Austria

University of Düsseldorf, German Diabetes Center, Energy Metabolism Group, Germany

University Regensburg, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Germany

Imperial College London, School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UK

JPI-HDHL – Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health

(Austrian partners: MUG, MUW, SFU, UNIGRAZ, VMU)