Consultant on Beneficial Microbes - Probiotics - Prebiotics - Synbiotics : Koen Venema
One of the leading experts on Beneficial Microbes with over 20 years of experience. More than 150 publications. Initiator of the Beneficial Microbes Conferences and Editor-in-chief of the journal 'Beneficial Microbes'.
I am Koen Venema, PhD. Practically my entire scientific career I have been working on what I now call Beneficial Microbes®
I received my PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, on the antimicrobial activity of bacteriocins produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
I then pursued the health-beneficial activity of these microbes as a PostDoc at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, where I studied the potential of LAB to function as carrier for vaccines.
After that I have been employed by TNO for > 15 years, where I used the sophisticated, dynamic, computer-controlled in vitro models of the gastro-intestinal tract (developed by TNO, and nick-named TIM) to study i) the survival of probiotics in TIM-1, and ii) the effect of functional foods and drugs on the activity and composition of the colonic microbiota in TIM-2. Within TNO I led many multi-disciplinary projects on health of the host (e.g., gut health, inflammatory disease, allergy, obesity).
In the period 2004-2014 I have been project leader of two projects within the Public Private Partnership ‘Top Institute Food & Nutrition’ (TIFN), of which TNO is a partner. Within these multidisciplinary projects the research was devoted to the effect of the activity of the microbiota on gut health, and the (direct) interaction of pro- and prebiotis with the immune system of the host. Since Sept 2014 I run a newly established research group at Maastricht University - campus Venlo, where I have a chair in Gut Microbiology and where we use TIM to study the effect of the gut microbiota on health, and the role of pro- and prebiotics (amongst others) to modulate the gut microbiota and its activity.
Since January 2014 I have started my own company in the area of Beneficial Microbes® Consultancy.
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