Mycotoxin reduction in the food and feed chain: challenges and perspectives in a changing world
– Sarah De Saeger –
Prof. Dr. Sarah De Saeger is full professor and head of the Laboratory of Food Analysis, Department of Bioanalysis at Ghent University, Belgium. She is teaching all food-related courses in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Bromatology, Bioanalytical Practical, Special Nutrition). The laboratory of Food Analysis performs in particular research on the issue of mycotoxins on both national and international level. The laboratory focuses on 4 research lines: mycotoxins and human health, detection methods, metabolomics and untargeted analysis, and mycotoxin occurrence. The research covers the characterization (eg. modified mycotoxins), exposure and screening through biomarkers as well as the development of innovative detection methods such as ‘molecularly imprinted polymers’ and biosensors next, chromatographic and immuno-based techniques. Research results are published in more than 332 publications including 225 peer reviewed papers. Prof. De Saeger is also editor of two books and author of 2 patents. Moreover, she is promotor of 20 defended Phds.
Prof. De Saeger is coordinating the MYTOX platform (www.mytox.be) as well as the international thematic network (ITN) MYTOX-SOUTH (mycotoxsouth.org). She is expert in EFSA CONTAM working groups since 2011 and member of the Scientific Committee (SciCom) of the Federal Agency for Food Chain Safety since 2015. In June 2015 she established the Joint Laboratory of Mycotoxin Research of the Ghent University-Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences). In 2015 she was awarded the Ghent University Prometheus Award for research and the International DBN Science & Technology Award, registered by the Ministry of Science and Technology, China.