Professor Martin Kussmann
Since 2016, Martin holds a position as Full Professor of “Systems Biology in Nutrition and Health” at the Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. His team and programme focuses on infant micro- and mycobiome and health; maternal nutrition, breast milk and infant health; and nutritional effects on early-life epigenetics.
Since 2016, Martin is furthermore the Scientific Director of New Zealand’s “National Science Challenge” on “High-Value Nutrition”. This 3rd largest NZ National Research Programme focuses on infant, immune, metabolic and gut health with a focus on nutritional innovation for Asian consumers.
In February 2011, Martin joined the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, as Head of the “Molecular Biomarkers Core”, which he has built from scratch. This core facility and program covered five platforms and teams, i.e. proteomics, metabonomics, lipidomics, micronutrient analysis and diagnostics, with a strong focus on clinical applications. Over the first five years of NIHS, Martin seeded lipidomics, micronutrient analysis and diagnostics in his group, and then spun these out into other research cores, according to their main applications.
Proteomics and metabonomics served as the key molecular phenotyping platforms in Martin’s latest “Systems Nutrition Group” at NIHS, which further developed and conducted systems biology-oriented nutrition and health research in the context of healthy ageing with a focus on cognitive, metabolic and intestinal health.
In June 2009, Martin was appointed Honorary Professor for Nutritional Science at the Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. From June 2012 to September 2016, he was Lecturer (Maître d’Enseignement et Recherche, MER) at the Faculty of Life Sciences, EPFL. From March 2003 to January 2011, Martin was leading the Functional Genomics Group at the Nestlé Research Centre, Lausanne, and was responsible for nutrigenomics and nutri(epi)genetics.
Being educated and trained as an analytical biochemist, Martin has acquired research experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech start-up and nutritional industry. Martin holds a B.Sc. from the Univ. Aachen, Germany, and a M.Sc. from the Univ. Konstanz, Germany. He performed his doctoral research in Konstanz and at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. During his doctorate and post-doctorate, he specialised in mass spectrometry, and proteomics.
Martin has (co-)authored >130 publications, edited books and journal issues, and is an internationally requested author and speaker. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Keystone Symposia. He is an Editorial Board Member of e.g. Frontiers; Genes and Nutrition; OMICS Journal of Integrated Biology; and Journal of Integrated Omics.