ESR 4 Mathias Herzog

Mathias Herzog

Previous training and experience

I obtained my Master’s degree in molecular microbiology from the University of Graz (Austria). For my Master thesis I worked at the Medical University of Graz in a research group focusing on the host-pathogen interaction of Burkholderia pseudomallei. There I learned to work under BSL-3 conditions and had the chance to further improve my bioinformatics skills that I had acquired during a previous project at the Technical University of Graz. In both projects I
developed analysis pipelines for next-generation sequencing data (RNA-Seq). Alongside my studies at University I did multiple internships in immunology and microbiology research laboratories and in a startup company that works on drug and enzyme discovery (structural biology).

Why I wanted to join the project

The project offers me the opportunity to work in a Europe wide network together with other infectious disease enthusiasts and receive further training in bioinformatics. 

About my research project

In my research project I am trying to find Salmonella Typhimurium competitor strains that are able to re-establish colonization resistance after a high-fat/low-fiber diet intervention. By doing so, I will try to improve our knowledge about the ecological niches of Salmonella Typhimurium in the gut.

Other interests

In my leisure time I train partner acrobatics and perform shows at local events in Europe (mainly in Austria).