Gabi Kastenmüller is heading a research group on systems metabolomics within the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (IBIS) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), Germany, and currently also serves as acting director of the institute. Her group’s major research interests are the characterization of metabolic individuality in human populations, as accessible through metabolomics approaches, and the elucidation of its role in complex diseases and response to treatment. Having long-standing experience in bioinformatics and metabolomics data analysis, her group is developing new strategies and frameworks for analyzing, integrating and visualizing large metabolomics data sets and the derived results in system-wide biological and disease contexts to facilitate their use in precision medicine.
Dr. Kastenmüller studied chemistry and computer science. She moved into bioinformatics for her PhD, which she obtained from the Technische Universität München, Germany, in 2009. During her postdoctoral training in Karsten Suhre’s lab at HMGU and a four months stay at Metabolon Inc., USA, a commercial provider of metabolomics measurements, she delved into the field of metabolomics. In 2011, she took over the responsibility for her own group at HMGU. From 2014 to 2017, before she started her position as acting director of IBIS, she additionally served as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Twin Research, King’s College London.