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Dr. Thimo Ruethers

Dr. Thimo Ruethers

Dr. Thimo Ruethers

Research Fellow – Human Health & Aging, Tropical Futures Institute


  • PhD in Medical and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University (Australia), 2015-20
  • MSc in Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany), 2012-15
  • BSc in Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany), 2009-12

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Thimo Ruethers is a Research Fellow in Human Health & Aging at the Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University, Singapore, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Molecular Biology at James Cook University, Australia. His primary research activities focus on molecular interactions between food and humans with an emphasis on the immune system. Aquaculture products and novel foods are of particular interest, emerging from ambitious Singapore Food Story goals.

As researcher and science communicator, he has been tackling food allergies and promoting food safety worldwide while based in Australia, Austria, Germany, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. He now focuses on Singapore’s healthy, safe and sustainable food future, utilising over a decade of international interdisciplinary research experience and expertise in advanced biochemistry and proteomics, immunology, bioinformatics, translated molecular diagnostics, and clinical allergen characterisation and detection.

He has published in leading journals and presented at various international conferences with more than 70 collaborators from a dozen different countries. His research outputs frequently attract media attention and provide the foundation for improved food safety and advanced diagnostics, management tools and therapeutics for (sea)food allergy.

Aiming for translational collaborative research excellence, he is always interested in hearing from students keen on HDR projects, academics, companies and other stakeholders. Overall and foremost, Dr Ruethers seeks to help overcome challenges in securing humanity's (alternative) food protein needs under careful consideration of food safety, allergic diseases and planetary health.

Research Interests

  • Food safety – Adverse reactions to food
  • Proteomics – Allergology – Immunology – Molecular medicine
  • Food allergies – Seafood allergies – Allergy diagnostics and management
  • Sustainable food security – Planetary health