Hana Koutnikova, Ph.D., is a responsible of metabolic health in Danone Research, Palaiseau. Dr. Koutnikova focuses on probiotics based nutritional strategy in obesity and diabetes management. She has been involved in clinical development of plant sterols enriched fermented dairy product to reduce the cardiovascular disease risks. While at the Institut Clinique de la Souris, Illkirch, Dr. Koutnikova managed preclinical projects for Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Franchises of Merck Research Laboratories (NJ, USA) and landed the systems genetics work to dissect complex metabolic traits. In Carex, she acquired competencies in drug discovery. Dr. Koutnikova earned her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics at University of Strasbourg.