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Katharina Scherf

Katharina Scherf

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute of Applied Biosciences Department of Bioactive and Functional Food Chemistry
Room: 022
CS 50.41

Phone: +49 721 608-42929
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Curriculum vitae

Scientific career and education

since 2019

Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Oct. 2018

Offer of an Assistant Professorship Bioactive and Functional Food Chemistry (tenure track to Full Professorship), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (accepted)

March 2018

Offer of an Assistant Professorship Food Chemistry and Analytics, KU Leuven, Belgium (declined)

2017 - 2019

Head of the Research Unit "Functional Biopolymer Chemistry" at the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM), Freising, Germany

2015 - 2018

Habilitation at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Munich, Germany) in Food Chemistry, topic: Hypersensitivities towards cereal proteins – analytical, biochemical and immunological aspects

Oct. 2014

Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat., s.c.l.) of the TUM

2012 - 2017

Research fellow at the Leibniz-Institute in Working Group II "Biopolymers"

March - April 2012

Research stay in the Cereal and Beverage Research group at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland (Prof. Dr. Elke Arendt)

2009 - 2012

PhD student at the Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, TUM (Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann), topic: Studies on saltiness perception in bread and texture model systems – A contribution to salt reduction in foods

Nov. 2008 - April 2009

Research work at the ZIEL Research Center for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Freising, Germany (Prof. Dr. Michael Rychlik), topic: Alternaria mycotoxins

2007 - 2008

Tutor for Food Chemistry students of the TUM

Sept. 2007

Internship at the ZIEL Research Center for Nutrition and Food Sciences (Prof. Dr. Michael Rychlik), topic: Alternaria mycotoxins

2004 - 2008

Degree in Food Chemistry at the TUM, 1. Staatsexamen (1st state exam, equivalent to M.Sc., grade: 1.0)

1995 - 2004

Carl-Orff-Gymnasium, Unterschleißheim, Germany, Degree: Abitur (general qualification for university entrance, grade: 1.0)

 

Scientific awards/grants

2019 Science Award of the Heinrich-Stockmeyer-Foundation (Wissenschaftspreis der Heinrich-Stockmeyer-Stiftung) for her habilitation thesis including the development of a new test to detect gluten in cereal products

2019

Research award of the German Coeliac Society (Deutsche Zöliakie-Gesellschaft, DZG e.V.) for the project “Verification of the reliability of a handheld consumer device to detect gluten”. The award is endowed with 20 000 Euro for research.

2018

Young Scientist Research Award of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International for outstanding early-career contributions in cereal science research

2017

Bernhard-van-Lengerich research award for excellent achievements in cereal science

2015

Cecil F. Pinney Travel Award of the AACC International to participate in the 2015 AACC International Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA, from 18.-21.10.2015

2015

Gerhard-Billek-Prize of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) for the best PhD thesis in Food Chemistry

2015

Scientific award of the Association of German Industrial Bakeries (Verband Deutscher Großbäckereien e.V.) for the best PhD thesis in nutritional sciences

2014

Research award of the German Coeliac Society (Deutsche Zöliakie-Gesellschaft, DZG e.V.) for the project “Studies on the specificity of commercially available ELISA kits for gluten quantitation”. The award is endowed with 15 000 Euro for research.

2014

Travel grant of the GDCh to participate in the 2014 AACC International Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, from 05.-08.10.2014

2013

„Best Oral Student Paper Award” at the Cereals & Europe Spring Meeting in Leuven, Belgium, for the best talk given by a student

2012

“Best Student Research Paper Competition, 3rd place“ at the 2012 AACC International Annual Meeting in Hollywood, FL, USA, from 30.09.-03.10.2012

2009

Jürgen Manchot Prize for an excellent degree in Food Chemistry

2004 - 2008

Scholarship according to the Bayerisches Begabtenförderungsgesetz (BayBFG, Bavarian law to promote excellent university entrants)

 

Activities in scientific committees

Special expert reviewer for research proposals submitted to the Forschungskreis der Ernährungsindustrie e.V. (FEI, Research Association of the German Food Industry)

Chair of the Protein & Enzymes Technical Committee of AACC International

Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Program Team of AACC International

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Coeliac Society (Deutsche Zöliakie-Gesellschaft, DZG e.V.)

Expert in the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) Scientific Advisory List

Member of the Physical Testing Technical Committee and the Book Committee of AACC International

Member of the AOAC International Working Group to develop Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs®) for “Quantitation of Gluten in Oats”

Member of the Working Committee for Cereal Chemistry of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Getreideforschung e.V. (AGF, Association of Cereal Research)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Verband der Getreide-, Mühlen- und Stärkewirtschaft (VGMS, Association of the Cereal, Milling and Starch Industry)

Member of the Research Advisory board of the Weihenstephaner Institut für Getreideforschung (WIG, Weihenstephan Institute for Cereal Research)

Member of the Research Advisory Board of the Wissensforum Backwaren (Scientific Forum for Baked Goods)

Member of the Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity

 

Editorial activities

Associate Editor for Cereal Chemistry

Editorial Advisory Board Member for Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 

Editorial Board Member for Acta Alimentaria, An International Journal of Food Science

Guest editor for the Research Topic “Gluten, from plant to plate” in Frontiers in Nutrition and Frontiers in Plant Science (Frontiers, Lausanne, Switzerland)