Prof. Dr. Sarah De Saeger is head of the Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology and Public Health at Ghent University, Belgium. She is coordinator of the international thematic network MYTOX-SOUTH.
As a full professor she is teaching all food-related courses in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Bromatology, Bioanalytical Practical, Food Safety, Special Nutrition).
The laboratory focuses on 4 research lines: mycotoxins and human health, detection methods, metabolomics and untargeted analysis, and mycotoxin occurrence. Many research proposals are running and funded by the EU H2020 programme, HERCULES, FWO, FOD, BELSPO, BOF, VLIR-UOS.
Research results are published in more than 300 A1 peer reviewed papers (h-index 41).
She was an expert in EFSA CONTAM working groups in the period 2011-2018 and she is a member of the Scientific Committee (SciCom) of the Belgian Federal Agency for Food Chain Safety since 2015. In June 2015 she established the Joint Laboratory of Mycotoxin Research of the Ghent University-Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences). In 2015 she was awarded the Ghent University Prometheus Award for research.