Nathalie Delzenne

Head of the Research Group in Metabolism and Nutrition.
Louvain Drug Research Institute Universit

Nathalie Delzenne is Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She is a lecturer in Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism and is the leader of the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute. She has been involved in international scientific committee (Editor for the current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, member of the Scientific Board of ESPEN, , President of the Belgian Nutrition society, former member of the Board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, former member of the Board of the Nutrition society (UK))

After a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences obtained in 1991, and a post-doctoral certificate in Nutrition (Lausanne, CH), she performed a post-doctoral research in Paris (Inserm Unit 342) to analyze  the effect of nutrients on gene expression in the field of obesity.   Back at the  Université catholique de Louvain, she started an academic carrier and has been involved in the experimental approach allowing to assess the functional effect of prebiotic-type nutrients, and in several international European Projects devoted to functional food. By working with prebiotics, her group has published more than 100 paper describing their effect on glucose/lipid metabolism, obesity-related disorder and inflammation. The current hypothesis is the involvement of intestinal peptides/hormones and of specific G-coupled protein and nuclear receptors in the modulation of energy metabolism and systemic inflammation by nutrients targeting the gut microbiota.