Prof Kristina Schoonjans
Kristina Schoonjans is Professor in the Institute of Bioengineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She received a PhD from the University of Lille in France. After her postdoctoral training she joined the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg as an INSERM Researcher with a focus on metabolism. She contributed in a significant fashion to identify the molecular pathways by which enterohepatic nuclear receptors and membrane receptors control metabolic homeostasis. Most importantly she identified the bile acid responsive membrane receptor TGR5 as a non-genomic pathway by which bile acids act as endocrine regulators of energy expenditure, glucose metabolism and inflammation, for which she was awarded with the Adolf Windaus prize in 2010. Prof. Schoonjans is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals.