Nina Kellner

CRIG member
Nina Kellner

Doctoral fellow - Department of bioanalysis, Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology & Public Health (UGent)
Doctoral fellow - Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology (Rega Institute, KU Leuven)
Principal investigators: prof. Marthe De Boevre (PhD) & prof. Sarah De Saeger (PhD) &
                                            prof. Jeroen Raes (PhD)


Research focus

The human exposome covers the totality of non-genetic exposures from conception throughout the life course. The Flemish exposome project, FLEXiGUT, combines the unique and complementary expertise on dietary- and  environment- related human biomarkers and biomonitoring, metabolomics, microbiome research and epidemiology to investigate the complex human exposome. We make use of biomonitoring and -omics based technologies on the available biological matrices of the Environage Birth and the Flemish Gut Flora cohorts. 
My research focuses on the role of multiple mycotoxin exposure on the gut microbiome-inflammation axis. First, multi-mycotoxin biomarkers of exposure are characterized and quantified by LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS in biological fluids from two Flemish cohorts in a wide age range. Subsequently, exposure profiles of multi-mycotoxin biomarkers are studied to investigate their link with alterations of the gut microbiota, chronic low grade gut inflammation and related biological processes and diseases. Specific associations between multi-mycotoxin exposure, the gut microbiome and chronic low-grade gut inflammation will be validated in international cohorts.  

Contact & links

  • Lab address: Ottergemsesteenweg 460 – 9000 Ghent
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  • Nina Kellner is interested to receive invitations for presentations or talks