Prof. Dr. oec. troph. Sandra HummelLead scientist of research area: Lifestyle, obesity, and epigenetic programming in type 1 and gestational diabetes at the Institute of Diabetes Research
Scientific Career & Research Areas
Sandra Hummel studied nutrition sciences at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In the first year after graduation, she worked as a dietitian in studies on metabolic changes after bariatric surgery and/or modified fasting in morbid obese patients at the Hospital Barmherzige Brüder in Munich, Germany.
Between 1999 and 2002 she worked on her PhD project at the Forschergruppe Diabetes e.V. which was awarded by the VDOE (Professional association of nutritionists in Germany). After her postdoctoral training, including fellowships in Leiden, Netherlands and Milan, Italy, and a scholarship provided by the Technical University of Munich. She received the venia legendi in 2014 and started as a group leader for "Gestational diabetes” at the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Munich. In 2022, she became lead scientist of the research area: "Lifestyle, obesity, and epigenetic programming in type 1 and gestational diabetes" at the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Munich.
Since 2014, she has been principal investigator in different EU-consortia such as DEDIPAC, DynaHEALTH and PREcisE, which were funded by the JPI “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” and by HORIZON 2020. In 2022, she became adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Munich.
Sandra Hummel enjoys sharing her expertise and is involved in a wide range of scientific and research activities:
- Member of the German national strategy by the Federal Government to promote breastfeeding
- Member of the expert committee developing Evidence-based guidelines on breastfeeding duration and interventions to promote breastfeeding (S3-AWMF)
- Member of the PREcisE consortium
- Member of the Pregnancy and Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) consortium
- Scientific consultant Diabinfo
- Member of the expert committee developing evidence based clinical practice guidelines on gestational diabetes (S3-AWMF)
- Principal Investigator, DynaHEALTH consortium (Understanding the dynamic determinants of glucose homeostasis and social capability to promote Healthy and active aging)
- Principal Investigator, DEDIPAC-KH consortium (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub)
- Member of the TEDDY consortium (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young)
Fields of Work & Expertise
Type 1 DiabetesGestational DiabetesObesityBreastfeedingEarly Life ProgrammingBig Data
Lead scientist research area "Lifestyle, obesity, and epigenetic programming in type 1 and gestational diabetes", Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Munich
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich
Principal Investigator and Group Leader Research Group: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Munich
Principal Investigator, DynaHEALTH consortium (Understanding the dynamic determinants of glucose homeostasis and social capability to promote Healthy and active aging)
Principal Investigator, DEDIPAC-KH consortium (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub)
Honors and awards
2012 - Scholarship provided by the “Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Academic Teaching Program” of the Technical University, Munich
2011 - Ernst-Friedrich-Pfeiffer-Award of the German Diabetes Association (DDG)
2006 - Award of the German Association for Clinical Nutrition (DGEM)
2004 - Award of the Danone Institute for Nutrition and Health e.V.
2003 - Dissertation Award of the VDOE (Oecotrophica-Preis)