Prof. Dr. Rudi F. Vogel


Technical Microbiology

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Vogel (*1955) conducts research in the field of food microbiology and biotechnology. His focus is on the systems biology and interaction of microorganisms in food. The comprehensive understanding of these systems serves the development of new generations of starter cultures for food fermentations, the role of exopolysaccharides in the occupation of habitats as well as in their use for structuring solid and liquid foods, and the reduction of food waste by minimising food spoilage.

After studying biochemistry at the University of Tübingen, he did his doctorate there in 1987 on the topic of the genetics of metabolic regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. While qualifying as a lecturer at the University of Hohenheim (1992), he set up a workgroup on the genetics of lactic acid bacteria in raw sausage fermentation. Since 1994, he has been Head of the Chair of Technical Microbiology at TUM. From 1998 to 2000, he was Dean of the Department of Brewing, Food Technology and Dairy Science. From 2003 to 2004, he was Dean of Studies for Food Technology and Brewing.


  • Preis der Dr. Leni Schöninger-Stiftung (€ 80.000) für Arbeiten zur Nitritreduktion in Milchsäurebakterien (1993)

Kolbeck S, Ludwig C, Meng C, Hilgarth M and Vogel RF: “Comparative proteomics of meat spoilage bacteria predicts drivers for their coexistence on modified atmosphere packaged meat”. Front. Microbiol. 2020.


Janßen D, Dworschak L, Ludwig C, Ehrmann MA, Vogel RF: “Interspecies assertiveness of Lactobacillus curvatus and Lactobacillus sakei in sausage fermentations”. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 2020; 331: 1086-89.


Xu D, Bechtner J, Behr J, Eisenbach L, Geißler AJ, Vogel RF: “Lifestyle of Lactobacillus hordei isolated from water kefir based on genomic, proteomic and physiological characterization”. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 2019; 290: 141-149.


Höll L, Hilgarth M, Geißler AJ, Behr J, Vogel RF: “Prediction of in situ metabolism of photobacteria in modified atmosphere packaged poultry meat using metatranscriptomic data”. Microbiological Research. 2019: 222: 52-5.


Fraunhofer ME, Geißler AJ, Behr J & Vogel RF: “Comparative genomics of Lactobacillus brevis reveals a significant plasmidome overlap of brewery and insect isolates”. Current Microbiology. 2019; 76: 37–47.