New appointed acting director of DTU National Food Institute

Professor Tine Rask Licht has assumed the role of acting director for DTU National Food Institute as of 1 January 2024. She has been associated with the institute since 1999, serving as head of a research group since 2004 and, most recently, as the deputy head of institute.

As announced before the Christmas break, the former director of institute, Christine Nellemann, will take on the role of new dean at DTU, starting 1 January 2024. In her new capacity, she will oversee sustainability, diversity, inclusion, talent development, and DTU's international strategic collaboration.

In connection with this, Deputy Head of Institute Tine Rask Licht has been appointed as the acting director of the DTU National Food Institute.

Tine Rask Licht holds a degree in master of science in chemistry from DTU and has been a part of DTU National Food Institute for 23 years—initially as a postdoc and later as a senior researcher, professor, and head of the Research Group for Gut, Microbes and Health.

With a strong research background, she will lead the institute in its crucial missions as the acting director: conducting ambitious research, providing socially relevant teaching at all levels, offering credible research-based advice, and engaging in value-creating innovation activities. The DTU National Food Institute’s vision remains to make a difference by preventing disease and promoting health, developing new and better food products for the growing population, and creating sustainable technological solutions.

Tine Rask Licht will continue to be engaged in several research activities. She retains, among other things, the leadership of a significant Challenge research project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Other responsibilities will be taken over by Senior Researcher Martin Steen Mortensen, who has been appointed acting head of the Research Group on Gut, Microbes and Health.

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Find additional information about Tine Rask Licht in DTU's research database, Orbit.
  • Born in 1968
  • Master of Science in Chemistry from DTU
  • PhD in molecular microbial ecology from DTU
  • Employed as a postdoc at DTU National Food Institute in 1999
  • Head of Research Group for Gut, Microbes and Health since 2004
  • Professor since 2009
  • Deputy Head for DTU National Food Institute since 2022
  • Order of the Dannebrog in 2020
  • Served on the Danish Council for Independent Research (Technology and Production) and various national and international panels allocating research funds
  • Member of the Academic Council at DTU for multiple terms
  • As of 1 January 2024 appointed as the acting director of DTU National Food Institute.


Tine Rask Licht

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