Our key researchers

The work package leaders of the MyNewGut project have been selected for their research experience in the areas concerned in each specific work package and for their management and organisational skills.

Yolanda Sanz, IATA-CSIC

Yolanda Sanz is Professor of Research at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Yolanda is head of the research group on Microbial Ecology, Nutrition & Health at IATA-CSIC. She was also Associated Professor of Human Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Valencia and of different MSc degrees at national and international universities. Her research focuses on the influence of interactions between the gut microbiota and diet on human health, and the diseases related to metabolism and immunity. She is also involved in research on probiotics and prebiotics.

Yolanda is MyNewGut’s project coordinator and also leads the project’s human intervention trials that aim to understand the ability of the gut microbiome to metabolise nutrients and influence energy balance.

Phone: +34 963 900 022 (Ext. 2128)

Email: yolsanz[at]iata.csic.es 

Max Nieuwdorp, AMC

Dr Max Nieuwdorp is a MD and holds a PhD from AMC-University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Currently he is one of AMC’s principal investigators. His research focuses on the role of gut microbiota in the development of human obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemia.

Max leads the Standardised Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training required for MyNewGut’s research.  

Phone: +31 205 666 396

Email: m.nieuwdorp[at]amc.uva.nl 


Patrizia Brigidi, UNIBO

Professor Patrizia Brigidi from the University of Bologna is an expert in the characterisation of the gut microbiota in health and disease.

Patrizia leads MyNewGut’s human studies, which aim to identify the influences of lifestyle and other factors on the gut microbiome.

Phone: +39 051 209 9743

Email: patrizia.brigidi[at]unibo.it

Nathalie Delzenne, UCL

Nathalie Delzenne holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Currently, she is a Full Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. She is a lecturer in Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism and is leader of the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute. During her research career, she has been involved in describing the effects of prebiotics on glucose/lipid metabolism, obesity-related disorders and inflammation.

Nathalie leads MyNewGut’s preclinical trials.

Phone: +32 2 764 73 67

Email: nathalie.delzenne[at]uclouvain.be

Ted Dinan, UCC-APC

Ted Dinan is Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork, Ireland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His primary research focus is on the gut microbiota and how it impacts brain development and function.

Ted leads MyNewGut’s epidemiologic studies which aim to identify the effects of environmental factors on the gut microbiome.

Phone: +353 21 490 3000

Email: T.Dinan[at]ucc.ie

Douwina Bosscher, Cargill

Douwina Bosscher has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her current position at Cargill, France, is FIS, Global R&D and Nutrition Sciences Leader. She leads the Nutrition Research team and related programs. Douwina’s  activities include development of strategic research plans; working with research institutes/universities, including multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects; technical support to Cargill’s business units; partnering business strategy development; scientific substantiation health claim dossiers, representing Cargill in scientific-oriented organisations; building customer relations; presenting scientific concepts and results and authoring publications and book chapters.

Douwina leads MyNewGut’s research on exploring innovative food ingredients and products targeting the human gut microbiome.

Email: Douwina_Bosscher[at]cargill.com

Lesli Hingstrup Larsen, UCPH

Lesli Hingstrup Larsen is an Associate Professor and Head of the Section for Obesity Research at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her primary research interests are epigenetics, genetics, metagenomics and nutrigenetics in relation to obesity and obesity-associated diseases.

Lesli leads MyNewGut’s human intervention trials that will evaluate the effect of innovative foods and/or ingredients on brain and diet-related disorders.

Phone: +45 35 33 36 32

Email: lehla[at]nexs.ku.dk

Carmen Madera, CAPSA
Carmen Madera holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Oviedo, Spain. Her academic career focused on lactic acid bacteria. She works at the dairy company CAPSA since 2008, where she started as R&D Project Coordinator. Currently she is Responsible for R&D Projects.

She has been involved in different national and international research projects, with the main objective of developing and validating dairy products with functional ingredients.



Jildau Bouwman, TNO
Dr Jildau Bouwman works as Team Leader and Senior Scientist in the group of Microbiology & Systems Biology at The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). She supervises research projects focusing on systems biology and study data warehousing. Jildau leads the development of specialised data management infrastructures and systems biology analysis approaches to support the effective collection and multi-level integration of MyNewGut data.

Phone: +31 088 866 26 07

Email: jildau.bouwman[at]tno.nl


Stoffer Loman, LFC

Dr Stoffer Loman is a trained nutritionist and holds a PhD from the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. During his PhD candidacy, he was trained as an immunologist. In 2007, Stoffer founded NutriClaim, a specialist provider of consultancy services pertaining to nutrition sciences and regulatory affairs.

Stoffer will lead the development of public health recommendations and guidance on scientific requirements for health claims related to the gut microbiome and disease prevention.

Phone: +31 345 745 071

Email: stoffer.loman[at]nutriclaim.com


Laura Fernandez, EUFIC

Dr Laura Fernández Celemín holds a Diploma degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Laura’s role as Director of Nutrition and Food Safety and Deputy Director General, at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), Brussels, Belgium, includes deciding on the nutrition and food safety strategy for EUFIC and supervising EUFIC’s activities in EU-funded research projects.

Laura leads MyNewGut’s communication activities.

Phone: +32 478 68 99 66

Email: Laura.Fernandez[at]eufic.org