Title: Akkermansia muciniphila
Ioannis Kostopoulos (PhD candidate Wageningen University and post-doc at at Danone Nutricia Research) successfully completed his PhD defense “Mucin and Human Milk Oligosaccharides utilization: a strategy of Akkermansia muciniphila to ensure survival in human’s gut” on Friday January 8th 2021 .
The defense can be viewe via this link.
His PhD thesis underscores the importance of early life nutrition and glycan-degrading microbes in microbiota development and later life metabolic and immune health.
Early life nutrition is of key importance for the development of a healthy, well-functioning gut. The
healthy development of the gut is of major importance as gut function is
inextricably linked to our overall health and wellbeing.
Recent research underscores the importance of early life nutrition and glycan-degrading microbes in microbiota development and later life metabolic and immune health.
The thesis was supervised by Prof. Jan Knol (Senior Director of the Gut Biology and Microbiology Platform at Danone Nutricia Research and Professor Intestinal Microbiology of Early Life at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University) and Dr. Clara Belzer (Associate Professor Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University).
We congratulate Ioannis on his achievement!
A publication from the thesis “Akkermansia muciniphila uses human milk oligosaccharides to thrive in the early life conditions in vitro” can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-71113-8
For over 40 years, we have carried out pioneering research into gut development and function, as well as the modulation of the gut microbiota through nutrition, and we continue to do so in close collaboration with international academic partners and healthcare providers.