Dr. agr. Daniel Brugger (Guest Scientist)

Institute of Animal Nutrition

University of Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 270
CH-8057 Zurich (Switzerland)

Tel: +41 44 635 8804
Fax: +41 44 635 8939

Scientific activities

Daniel Brugger is interested in the regulative mechanisms of nutrient homeostasis and associated metabolic pathways as well as the kinetics and dynamics of undesirable feedborne substances within the animal organism. In this context, the metabolism of essential trace elements and nitrogen as well as the effects of trypsin inhibitors and phasins from feed are currently investigated. Further projects are related to the interaction between plant raw materials and the gastrointestinal immune system as well as the modulation of the feed value by germination of plant seeds.

The development of precise experimental models provides the methodological basis. Subsequently, state-of-the-art approaches of chemical analysis, enzymatics, protein biochemistry and molecular biology, provide a deep insight into the adaptive processes on the metabolic and subcellular level. The long-term goal is the definition of recommendations for practical livestock feeding.

Curriculum vitae

2020-now Senior Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Animal Nutrition at Vetsuisse Faculty of Zurich University (Switzerland)
2018-2020 Staff scientist and lecturer at the Chair of Animal Nutrition at Technische Universität Munich
2012-2018 Doctoral candidate at the Chair of Animal Nutrition at Technische Universität Munich
Experimental modelling of subclinical zinc deficiency in weaned piglets (summa cum laude)
2009-2011 Master of Science in agricultural sciences with focus on animal agro-biosciences at Technische Universität Munich
Translated title of the master thesis:Optimisation of the extraction of total RNA from bovine hair follicles to quantify the expression of genes associated with fur pigmentation
2003-2008 Engineering diploma in agriculture with focus on animal production, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan
Translated title of the diploma thesis:Use of acidified pooled colostrum in the rearing of calves

Scholarships and awards

2019 Award of the H. Wilhelm Schaumann Stiftung for an outstanding dissertation in the field of animal nutrition
Experimental modelling of subclinical zinc deficiency in weaned piglets
2012 Poster award of the Society of Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS) for an outstanding scientific poster presentation
Using piglets as an animal model: Dose-response study on the impact of short-term marginal zinc supply on oxidative stress dependent and cell fate associated gene expression in the heart muscle


  • American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) (Member of the BfR-Commission for Animal Feed and Animal Nutrition 2018-present)
  • Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS) (Member of the scientific advisory board 2016-present)
  • Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals (FESTEM)
  • German Life Sciences Association (VBio)
  • Alliance for Life Sciences, Food, Veterinary Expertise and Agriculture (ALVA)
  • European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)
  • Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes (VDLUFA) (work groups V and VI)

Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals

  • Journal of Nutrition
  • British Journal of Nutrition
  • Journal of Nutritional Sciences
  • Animal Feed Science and Technology
  • Archives of Animal Nutrition
  • Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
  • Animal
  • Canadian Journal of Animal Science
  • Livestock Science
  • Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
  • Proteome Science
  • Animal Nutrition (Member of the Editorial Board 2017-today)
  • Journal of Zehjiang University - Science B (Associate Editor 2016-today)
  • African Journal of Agricultural Research
  • International Journal of Agricultural Sciences
  • Antioxidants
  • Archives of Toxicology
  • and others ...