Nicolas Thilo Wirth
Ph.D. Student

Enthusiast of microbial metabolic engineering and synthetic biology and excited to work at the front of a dawning biotechnological era.

About Me

I started as a student of Biology in 2010, thrilled to learn about the principles that underlie all living systems. During my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Würzburg (Germany), I rapidly set my primary focus on life-engineering disciplines, i.e. protein engineering, metabolic engineering of microorganisms and biochemical engineering, which I further pursued with my Master’s studies of Technical Biology at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). In the summer of 2015, I had the chance to combine my fascination for foreign cultures with some hands-on experience in rational enzyme engineering during a six-month internship at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai―an experience that shaped my personality permanently. I ended my master studies with a thesis dealing with metabolic engineering of Pseudomonas putida and soon fell in love with that critter. Shortly after, I got to know Pablo who had just launched the SEM group at the Center for Biosustainability and who enabled me to do my Ph.D. with projects that fill me with excitement, at an institute that offers the most fantastic research opportunities, in a country I completely fell in love with. I am eager to find out how far we can push the metabolism of a single organism in order to serve the objectives of human society in a sustainable manner.