Benedikt Warth

Group Leader of Global Exposomics & Biomonitoring

Academic Career

  • Since 10/2018 Associate Professor, University of Vienna, Department of Food Chemistry & Toxicology
  • Since 07/2017 Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Vienna, Department of Food Chemistry & Toxicology, Group leader "Analytical Food Toxicology & Exposomics"
  •  2016-2017 Senior Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, Erwin-Schrödinger fellow, Topic: "Metabolomics to investigate combined cancer therapy", Mentor: Gary Siuzdak (Senior Director, Scripps Center for Metabolomics), Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • 2015-2016 Senior Scientist at the University of Vienna, Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Mentor: Doris Marko, Funding: University of Vienna
  • 2013-2015 Postdoctoral research fellow at IFA-Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schuhmacher, Topic: “GC-MS & LC-MS based metabolomics, molecular plant-pathogen interactions”, Funding: Austrian Science Fund, special research program Fusarium 
  • 2009-2012 Graduate research fellow within the graduate school program Applied Bioscience Technologies (AB-Tec) of the Vienna University of Technology at BOKU Vienna, IFA-Tulln, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Krska. Topic: "Biomonitoring of dietary mycotoxin esposure", Funding: European Commission, large collaborative project MycoRed
  • 2008 Undergraduate research assistant, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carl-Fredrik Mandenius, Linköping University, Sweden, Topic: “Software sensors for advanced bioprocess on-line monitoring”, Funding: Linköping University


  • 2012 Doctoral degree (PhD) in Analytical Chemistry (with Honors), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Boku University, Austria, Date of Graduation: 12.12.2012
  • 2009-2012 PhD thesis “Determination of Mycotoxins with Special Emphasis on Urinary Biomarkers for Proper Exposure Assessment using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry” at the Department IFA-Tulln, BOKU University, Austria
  • 2009 Diploma in Biotechnology (with Honors), BOKU University, Austria
  • 2007-2009 Master in Biotechnology, BOKU University, Austria
  • 2003-2007 Bachelor Studies of Food Science and Biotechnology, BOKU University, Austria
  • 1995-2003 Academic High School (BRG Bruck an der Mur, Specialization in natural sciences)

Scholarships and Special Awards (selection)

  • 2017 Anton-Paar Science Award of the Austrian Chemical Society for innovative research contributions of emerging scientists
  • 2015 Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship (FWF), Project "Metabolomics to investigate combined cancer therapy" at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California
  • 2015 Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Best Paper Award 2015: voted a stop 3 candidate for the paper “Deoxynivalenol-sulfates: identification and quantification of novel conjugated (masked) mycotoxins in wheat"
  • 2013 Best Paper Award from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU): for an excellent publication of a young researcher
  • 2012 Science & Innovation Award sponsored by Raiffeisen: for excellent research contributions and an outstanding publication in the field of life sciences
  • 2012 Young Investigators Award from the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry (ASAC) for the paper “Development and validation of a rapid multi-biomarker LC-MS/MS method to assess human exposure to mycotoxins. Rapid Comm Mass Spectr. 2012, 26, 1533-1540”
  • 2012 Publication Award from the Department IFA-Tulln: for outstanding publication activity 2011/12
  • 2012 Hygiene Prize from the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP): for excellent research in the field of mycotoxin food safety
  • 2011 Innovation Award from the Accent Founder´s Service (2nd place): for innovative and economically promising biomarker research
  • 2010 INITS Award (general technologies, 2nd place): for bioprocess technology innovations in the area of software sensor engineering
  • 2008 Preparatory Research Scholarship at Linköping University, Sweden (2 months)
  • 2007 Erasmus Mobility Scholarship from the European Commission (12 months)

Advanced Training and Management Skills

  • 2012 Training on science management and communication by Science2Public, Vienna, Austria
  • 2011-2013 Management of MycoRed short-term visits to promote young researchers
  • 2010, 2014 Organization and realization of Food Safety workshops and training of local scientists, technicians, authorities, and farmers in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Rwanda (total duration 2 months)

Publications (selection)

Oral Presentations (selection)

  • 09/2018 Metabolomics - The Key to Deciphering and Ameliorating the Impact of the Exposome, Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Association Conference, Vienna, Austria
  • 06/2018 Deciphering the exposome by mass spectrometry, "Fakultätskolloquium", University of Vienna, Austria
  • 06/2018 Metabolomics - A key technology for deciphering exposure and effect, ASMS AMerican Society for Mass Spectrometry, San Diego, USA
  • 05/2018 Assessment of food contaminants in biological matrices: From targeted towards exposome-scale approaches?, BOKU, IFA, Tulln, Austria
  • 04/2018 Investigating drug-food interactions by global exposomics, "Österreichische Lebensmittelchemiker Tage 2018", Seggauberg, Austria
  • 04/2018 Exposomics: A new paradigm for investigating food contaminants?, Analytica Conference, Munich, Germany
  • 02/2018 The expanding role of mass spectrometry in exposomics research, Mass Spec Forum Vienna, Austria
  • 01/2018 (Invited) Biomonitoring of food contaminants: From targeted towards exposome-scale approaches, "Institutsseminar Analytische Chemie", Vienna, Austria
  • 09/2017 (Invited) Mass Spectrometry guided food safety: from targeted towards exposome-scale analysis, "17. Österreichische Chemietage der GÖCH", Salzburg, Austria
  • 08/2017 (Invited) Exposing the Exposome: Utilizing global metabolomics to characterize toxicant exposure and effect, National meeting of the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Toxicology, Washington D.C.
  • 10/2016 (Invited) Expanding the role of mass spectrometry in food chemistry and toxicology, "Symposium on Future Research Perspectives", University of Vienna / Austria
  • 04/2016 (Invited) Warth B., Vejdovszky K., Marko D., Exposure towards multiple food contaminants: New insights into their combined toxic effects, "Symposium on Innovations in Food & Feed Safety", Tulln / Austria
  • 11/2015 Warth B., Del Favero G., Puntscher H., et al., Identification and toxicological characterization of deoxynivalenol-3-sulfate, a newly discovered metabolite of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol in human urine, "7th International Sympoisum on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA), Prag, Czech Republic
  • 06/2015 (Poster) Warth B., Fruhmann P., Wiesenberger G., et al., Deoxynivalenol-sulfates: new conjugates occuring in planta and in human urine, "37th Mycotoxin Workshop", Bratislava / Slovakia
  • 11/2014 (Invited), Warth B., Parich A., Büschl C., et al., How does deoxynivalenol affect the wheat metabolome? The World Mycotoxin Forum, 8th Conference, Vienna, Austria
  • 07/2014 (Invited) Warth B., Parich A., Büschl C., et al., What is the effect of the Fusarium toxin deoxynivalenol on the primary wheat metabolome? Mycotoxin Summer Talks, Tulln, Austria
  • 06/2014 Warth B., Parich A., Büschl C., et al., What is the effect of the Fusarium toxin deoxynivalenol on the primary wheat metabolome ? "10th ASAC JunganalytikerInnenforum", Tulln / Austria
  • 12/2013 (Poster) Warth B., Parich A., Schöfbeck D., et al., Effects of deoxynivalenol on the wheat metabolome, "2013 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum", Milwaukee, Wisconsin / USA
  • 07/2013 (Invited) Warth B., Sulyok M., Fruhmann P., et al., Exposure to mycotoxins: The biomarker approach, "Mycotoxin Summer Talks", Tulln, Austria
  • 05/2013 Warth B., Sulyok M., Maul R., et al., Deoxynivalenol metabolism: Recent in vivo and in vitro studies in human and animal species. "ISM-MycoRed International Conference Europe", Martina Franca, Italy
  • 11/2012 Warth B., Sulyok M., Albia W., Advanced analytical tools for multi-analyte determination of mycotoxins and related biomarkers. "WMF meets IUPAC", Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 06/2012 (Poster) Warth B., Sulyok M., Abia W., et al., Application of a Multi-Biomarker LC-MS/MS method for Mycotoxin Exposure Assessment, "Mycored North America 2012" Ottawa
  • 09/2011 Warth B., Sulyok M., Fruhmann P., et al., Assessment of Exposure to the Fusarium Toxin Deoxynivalenol: A Biomarker Approach, "7th JunganalytikerInnenforum Linz JKU", Linz / Austria
  • 11/2011 Warth B., Sulyok M., Fruhmann P., et al., Assessment of exposure to the Fusarium toxin deoxynivalenol: a biomarker approach, "Recent Advances in Food Analysis" (RAFA), Prague, Czech Republic
  • 06/2011 (Poster) Warth B., Sulyok M., Berthiller F., et al., Quantification of deoxynivalenol glucuronide in humen urine as a biomarker of exposure to deoxynivalenol, "Gordon Research Conference", Colby College, Waterville, ME / USA
  • 06/2011 (Poster) Warth B., Sulyok M., Fruhmann P., et al., Biomarkers of exposure to deoxynivalenol and zearalenone: Method development and its application to human urine samples, "33rd Mycotoxin-Workshop", Freising / Germany
  • 09/2010 Warth B., Berthiller F., Schuhmacher R., et al., Determination of Mycotoxin Biomarkers in Human Urine as a Tool for the Estimation of Fusarium Toxin Contamination in Food, "BerlinFOOD2010", Berlin / Germany
  • 06/2010 (Poster) Warth B., Fruhmann P., Mikula H., et al., Glucuronide Conjugates of Deoxynivalenol and Zearalenone in Human Urine: A Novel LC-MS/MS Approach, "32nd Mycotoxin-Workshop", Lyngby / Kopenhagen