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Michael Gänzle, Dr. rer. nat. habil.

Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Food Microbiology and Probiotics

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

About Me


Dr. rer. nat. Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany


Research Expertise

Food Microbiology and Probiotics

Research Interests 

Current research projects focus on the functional characterisation of lactic acid bacteria for use as starter cultures, protective cultures, or probiotics in food with a focus on cereal-associated lactic acid bacteria; production of oligosaccharides from sucrose or lactose by lactic acid bacteria and biological activities of oligosaccharides; novel, non-thermal preservation methods with a focus on high pressure processing and biopreservation; and intestinal microbial ecology with focus on the use of prebiotic carbohydrates and dietary fibre to improve host health.


Undergraduate research or reading projects (NU FS 400 or NU FS 401) are offered throughout the year.

The selection of topics for undergraduate or summer projects varies depending on the interest of the student and the availability of mentors - please consult with Dr. Gänzle if you are interested in undergraduate research opportunities.