Matthias Georg Steiger

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests:

  • Biotechnology & biochemistry: My research focuses on the production of chemicals and
    small molecules using different microbial host systems including filamentous fungi, yeast and
  • More than 10 years of research experience with filamentous fungi and yeast especially with Aspergillus niger, Pichia pastoris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Trichoderma reesei.
  • I use metabolic engineering and directed evolution as technologies to modify and redirect
    natural metabolic pathways.
  • I am convinced that understanding the spatial and structural organisation of metabolic
    pathways is a key to design new and efficient production processes. Therefore, I pursue to
    investigate and characterize cellular transport processes.


Scientific career and education

Oct. 2014 – present
Senior Scientist and working group leader, Area Systems Biology and Microbial Cell Factories, Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib), Vienna, Austria

Oct. 2018 – present
Lecturer and faculty member, Doctoral School Bioprocess Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

Sep. 2011 – present
Lecturer in the bachelor program for bioengineering, Department Applied Life Sciences, FH Campus Vienna (University of Applied Sciences)

Feb. 2014 – Sep. 2014
Post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Arthur Ram and Prof. Peter Punt, Institute of Biology, University Leiden, The Netherlands, funded by the acib educational program

Sep. 2010 – Feb. 2014
Scientist, Area Systems Biology and Microbial Cell Factories, acib, Vienna, lab of Prof. Diethard Mattanovich and PD Dr. Michael Sauer

Aug. 2010
PhD (Graduation with honors), title: “Engineering an N-acetylneuraminic acid synthesis pathway into Hypocrea (Trichoderma)”, at TU Wien Supervisor: Univ.Prof. Dr. Robert L. Mach

Sep. 2007 – Oct. 2010
Doctoral studies and Research Assistant, Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering at TU Wien

May 2007
Master thesis, title: “Der Aktivator Xyr1 und seine Bedeutung für den Laktosemetabolismus von Trichoderma reesei“ Supervisor: Univ.Prof. Dr. Robert L. Mach

Oct. 2001 – May 2007
Master studies in Technical Chemistry with specialization in biochemistry and biotechnology, TU Wien

Feb. 2005 – June 2005
ERASMUS, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain


Achievements, Prizes

  • 2017 Panel A rating for an ERC Starting Grant (not sufficient money for funding available)
  • 2015 Meeting Attendance Grant
  • 2010 INITS PhD Award 2010 – Category Life Sciences
  • 2007 Participant TUtheTop (2007) – High Potential Program of TU Wien
  • 2005-2007 Advancement scholarship grants, Faculty of Chemistry, TU Wien

A complete publication list can be accessed via my ORCID profile

Organised by Croatian Microbiological Society, Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology, Croatian Society of Biotechnology, Croatian Society of Viticulture and Enology, Hungarian Society for Microbiology, Slovenian Microbiological Society, Serbian Society for Microbiology, Turkish Society of Microbiology.
Under the auspices of Međimurje County.
Supported by Croatian academy of Engineering, European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA), Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP), The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri.