Maren Podszun, Ph.D.


June 2015 - Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.) in Nutritional Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Thesis: The impact of vitamin E on xenobiotic metabolism and hepatic lipid accumulation

November 2011 - Diploma in Nutritional Sciences (equivalent to M.Sc.), University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Thesis: Development and partial validation of a high performance liquid chromatography(HPLC-ECD) method for the quantification of atorvastatin and metabolites.

Professional experience

April 2020 to date: Assistant lecturer, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

January 2016 - April 2020: Postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health, USA 

December 2011 - December 2015: Docotoral student,  Division Biofunctionality and Safety of Food, Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

September 2012 - November 2012: Guest researcher, Institute of Chemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Awards and affiliations

2012 - Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service

Member of the Society of Nutrition and Food Science

Member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Member of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine


Original articles

Anaya, K., Podszun, M.Gadelha, C., Franco, O. L. & Frank, J. (2020) The coconut water antimicrobial peptide CnAMP1 is taken up into intestinal cells but does not alter P-glycoprotein expression and activity. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (accepted for publication), IF 2.598.

Irías-Mata, A., Sus, N., Flory, S., Stock, D., Woerner, D., Podszun, M.Frank, J. (2018) α-Tocopherol transfer protein does not regulate the cellular uptake and intracellular distribution of α- and γ-tocopherols and -tocotrienols in cultured liver cells. Redox Biology 19: 28-36, IF 7.793.

Podszun, M. C., Jakobi, M., Birringer, M., Weiss, J. & Frank, J. (2016). The long chain α–tocopherol metabolite α-13’-COOH and γ-tocotrienol induce P-glycoprotein expression and activity by activation of the pregnane X receptor in the intestinal cell line LS 180. Mol Nutr Food Res (in press), IF 4.551. 

Podszun, M. C., Grebenstein, N., Spruss, A., Schlueter, T., Kremoser, C., Bergheim, I., & Frank, J. (2014). Dietary α-tocopherol and atorvastatin reduce high-fat-induced lipid-accumulation and down-regulate CD36 protein in the liver of guinea pigs. J Nutr Biochem 25: 573-579, IF 4.592.

Podszun, M. C., Grebenstein, N., Hofmann, U., & Frank, J. (2013). High-dose supplementation with natural α-tocopherol does neither alter the pharmacodynamics of atorvastatin nor its phase I metabolism in guinea pigs. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 266: 452-458, IF 4.447.

Review articles

Podszun, M. C. & Frank, J. (2014) Vitamin E-drug interactions - molecular basis and clinical relevance. Nutr Res Rev 27: 215-231, IF 3.861.