Michael Witting

I studied Applied Chemistry with functional direction into Biochemistry at the Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg. During my studies I spent a research term at the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria with the topic "Functional analysis of the chicken BASP-1 promotor". I did my diploma thesis in the Laboratory of Bioanalytical Chemistry at the Georg-Simon-Ohm University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lösel on the "Bioanalytical Analysis of Histamin in biological matrices".

In 2009 I joined Prof. Schmitt-Kopplin at the research unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC) at Helmholtz Zentrum München, where I conducted my PhD studies working on "Host-Pathogen metabolomics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection models". I received my PhD degree from the Technische Universität München in 2013. Since then I have been working as postdoctoral fellow in the same group.

My primary research interest is the development of new approaches in metabolomics and lipidomics and their application to Caenorhabditis elegans under different state’s of health and disease. Applied methodologies include Ion Cyclotron Resonance-Fourier Transform-Mass Spectrometry (ICR-FT/MS), Ultrahigh Performance Liquid Chromatography-MS (UPLC-MS) and dedicated data analysis strategies. Biological questions of interest are the biosynthesis pathway of the steroid hormones dafachronic acids in C. elegans and metabolic interaction of the nematode with beneficial microbes such as Bacillus subtilis and others.

I have received two 2-year-DAAD grants for project specific exchange with collaboration partners in Greece and France. During a visit to Dr. Aguilaniu’s lab at the ENS Lyon in the summer 2015 I learned the basics of C. elegans cultivation to set up my own cultivation facilities at the BGC.