P07 - DTU
- Last Updated: 11 June 2013
DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe and it persistently increases and develops partnerships with industry and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy. The DTU National food Institute focuses its research on public health in relation to human nutrition, food safety, environment and health. Activities include the aspects of food products throughout the entire food chain, from primary production and industrial processing to preparation at the consumer’s home and evaluating the impact on human health. The National Food Institute is a National reference laboratory for analytical food research and development. The core competences lie within the characterisation of essential and toxic components in food and biological matrices. The laboratory is well equipped with state-of-the-art mass spectrometric instrumentation including LC-TOF-MS, LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS. The analytical work is of highest quality and the laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited to more than 60 analytical methods. Within our institute we have the National Danish Food Consumption Database based on food consumption questionnaires from more than 4000 individuals. We cooperate closely with DTU National Institute for Aquatic Resources on feeding trial studies on fish (current project cooperation include carryover of methyl mercury, phthalates, brominated flame retardants and fluorinated compounds to model contaminant carry-over from feed to farmed trout). The Aquaculture Section has a large diversity of experimental facilities for the use within aquaculture research such as a full scale recirculation rearing systems for research on fish nutrition, growth, welfare, behaviour, and quality aspects, a system with 12 independent recirculation units, which is suitable for test on environmental effects and several modern flow through, and recirculation hatchery facilities with up till 30 tank units. Research is carried out on a large number of commercial species of fresh water and marine origin. DTU has participated in several national and international research projects like SEAFOODPLUS (FP6) and CONffIDENCE (FP7).
Key personnel involved
Kit Granby is senior scientist and deputy head of division of Food Chemistry at DTU Food. She has a M.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences from University of Copenhagen 1983 and a PhD in environmental chemistry from University of Southern Denmark 1997. The research includes analytical method developments of contaminants; Studies on the sources of the contaminants, the occurrence in the food, mitigation and exposure estimates. The activities also include teaching M.Sc. students in chemical food safety and giving scientific advices to food safety authorities.
Jens Jorgen Sloth is senior scientist at DTU Food with extensive experience in the occurence and determination of trace elements in seafood and other biological samples. He obtanined his PhD on arsenic speciation analysis in seafood at the University of Bergen (2005). In recent years the research focus is on the speciation of trace elements like arsenic, selenium and mercury in food and the environment. The analytical technique used is HPLC or GC coupled to ICPMS for trace element speciation profiling. He is teaching in analytical chemistry at DTU, acts as scientific advisor to the national food and feed authorities and is a member of international expert committees on this issue.
Rie Romme Rasmussen has a M.Sc. in environmental chemistry from University of Copenhagen (2002) and a PhD in food chemistry and safety from the Technical University of Denmark (2010). Rie Romme Rasmussen has 10 years research experience within chemistry focusing on trace analysis of low weight substances in biological samples. At DTU Food she develops and validates analytical methods by GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, LC-ICP/MS, AAS and in vitro assays which are applied to relevant food and feed to assess the contamination level
Bodil Katrine Larsen is senior scientist at DTU Aqua, Section of Aquaculture. She is MSc (1993) and PhD (1996) from University of Southern Denmark. Her international experience is pronounced: A postdoc study in ecotoxicology at department of pharmacology at University of Mississippi, US and seven years as research scientist at International Research Institute of Stavanger, Environment, Norway. She has extensive experience in ecotoxicology using controlled exposure experiments with toxic compounds and evaluating the effects on aquatic organisms