Kerstin Rohde-Zimmermann Successfully Granted Funding from the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation

June, 2021

Dr. Kerstin Rohde-Zimmermann, PostDoc at the HI-MAG, successfully gained funding from the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation for the project “The Contribution of Salivary Extra-Cellular Vesicles to Taste-Cell Transcriptomics and Eating Behavior in Obesity”. The project will be promoted with 111.531 € for two years.

People suffering from morbid obesity display alterations in taste sensitivity and eating behavior, along with impaired saliva production and oral health. This project focuses on small particles found in saliva, the extracellular vesicles (EVs) containing regulatory factors, which might influence the function of the taste epithelium. It aims to uncover alterations in the type and composition of EVs in relation to bodyweight and weight loss and if certain components of EVs play a role in taste cell function and eating behavior.

Kerstin Rohde-Zimmermann is a PostDoc in the Clinical Obesity Research Group at the HI-MAG in Leipzig since 2020. Her research focusses on genetic, epigenetic and molecular mechanisms of human eating behavior and taste bud biology.

Every year the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation supports research projects in medicine as well as medical-humanitarian projects in developing countries. One focus of the foundation is thereby to encourage young researchers on their way to scientific independency and the funding program for first-time applications.