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Barbara Götz

Projektmanagement NFDI4Microbiota

Key tasks and activities

  • Coordination and administration of the NFDI4Microbiota consortium


Barbara Götz has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology and a Master’s degree in Microbiology. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree, Götz spent the first three years of her career working in the field of cancer research. After earning her Master's degree, she moved into the field of product development, embarking on a project to extend the shelf life of perishable foods in West Africa. This formed the basis of her thesis at the University of Bonn. As well as conducting research for this project, Götz was also responsible for coordinating the project with partners in West Africa and supervising the students who participated in the project.

Educational background

  • 2007-2011
    Bachelor's degree in Applied Biology at Bonn Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Title of Bachelor’s thesis: A semi-automated system for identification and resistance determination of pathogens of urinary tract infections in humans (Merlin Diagnostika GmbH, Bornheim)
  • 2014-2016
    Master's degree in Microbiology at the University of Bonn, specialising in virology and medical microbiology (antibiotic resistance). Title of Master’s thesis: Identification and phylogenetic comparison of carbapenem-resistant bacteria from sewage (UNSW, Sydney, Australia)

Career to date

  • 2011-2014
    Research Associate – University Hospital Bonn, Paediatrics Department, Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. Worked on laboratory organisation, cell culture, animal experiments and proof of activation of certain pathways by drug treatment of malignant medulloblastomas, etc.
  • 2017-2021Research Associate – University of Bonn, Cold Chain Management Working Group, Institute of Animal Science.
    Project manager and member of the WALF Pack project, in which researchers developed biobased packaging to extend the shelf-life of perishable food in West Africa (German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food; grant number: 2816PROC08). Chair of the Food Safety Workshop for the NutriHAF project in Ethiopia run by the Center for Development Research (ZEF). Key areas of research: (food) microbiology, antimicrobial activity, food and packaging technologies, biobased and biodegradable materials, material testing, cost-benefit analysis
  • Since 2021 
    Project manager in the ZB MED NFDI4Microbiota consortium