Prof. Dr. Leen Van Campenhout
From 1999 to 2004 Leen Van Campenhout worked as R&D Manager Enzymology and Microbiology at Kemin Europa NV in Herentals, Belgium. She was responsible for the scientific research and product development of animal feed additives such as enzymes, fungal and bacterial inhibitors and acidifiers.
From 2004 to 2013 Leen Van Campenhout was lecturer at the Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen in Geel. Since 2013, she is professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven. Leen teaches the subjects of Food Microbiology, Conservation Technology, Biotechnology, Fermentation Technology and Animal Feed Technology.
Leen Van Campenhout also coordinates the Lab4Food research group on campus Geel. The group focuses on food texture and rheology, chemical quality and microbiological quality. Since 2014, research on insects for food, feed and biochemical has taken a special place. Together with her team, Leen focuses on the microbial aspects of both the rearing and processing of insects for human food and animal feed.
Dr. Heiko Vogel
Heiko Vogel is group leader at the Department of Entomology at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany. His research particularly focuses on studying evolutionary adaptations in insects which are mediated by chemical signals. The concept of coevolution forms the theoretical framework, in which insect-plant, insect-microbe, and insect-insect interactions are examined. Strategies of plants to avoid being chosen for food and to interfere with the process of herbivory are countered by detoxification mechanisms by the insects. Likewise, adaptations by microbial pathogens to use insects as a food source are met by a complex insect innate immune response. Knowledge of how genes control these phenotypes, and on the molecular pathways underlying digestive and detoxifying processes in insect guts as well as immune reactions in response to pathogens and symbionts are some of the many topics being covered. To address questions related to physiology, genomics and evolution, we combine molecular biology, proteomics, RNA-Seq and genomic data analysis.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas is coordinator and spokesman of the LOEWE Center of Insect Biotechnology since 2014. He is as well Professor for Applied Entomology and Director of the Institute for Insect Biotechnology at the University of Giessen and as well head of the project group „Bio-Resources“ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME).
From 2006 to 2013 he was Executive Director of the Institute of Phytopathology and Applied Zoology at Justus Liebig University Giessen and has been executive director of the newly-formed – and world´s first – HE institution for insect biotechnology since 2015. From 2009, he headed the Fraunhofer project group Bioresources at the Technology and Innovation Center Gießen (TIG).
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas is a global pioneer in the field of insect biotechnology. His research focusses on Insect Biotechnology, Development of innovative approaches for the control of pest and vector insects, Insect immunity, ecology and evolution; Invasion Biology and Genome Biology and epigenetics of insects.