Felix Rost, Dipl.-Ing.
- Former active member
Felix studied Food Process Engineering and Technology at the Dresden University of Technology (TUD, Germany) and the University of Helsinki (HY, Finland). During his degree Felix completed several industrial internships and also an exchange semester at the University of Iceland. Felix arranged his thesis to be conducted in collaboration between Prof. Kirsi Jouppila (HY) and Prof. Harald Rohm (TUD) in the field of probiotic cultivation and stabilization using various cell encapsulation technologies. Inspired by his work in probiotics research Felix then joined Valio Ltd. R&D (Finland) as a research assistant in Dairy Starter Culture Development where he optimized the freeze-drying of the prominent probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Continuing his career in probiotics research Felix then joined the Food Biotechnology group of Prof. Christophe Lacroix at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland and worked as a project engineer on an industrial product development project. Upon completion of his assigned tasks Felix took a break from research and worked for several small not-for-profits and non-governmental environmental advocacy organizations such as the ISARA Foundation, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Wilderness Society in South East Asia, Australia and the USA. Upon his return to Europe Felix joined the Probiotic Fermentation Technology group at the Nestlé Product Technology Centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland. His work with Nestlé focused largely on the optimization of probiotic cultivation processes, growth media and downstream processing technologies for viable bacterial cells. Driven by his fascination of bacteria-host interactions and encouraged by his colleagues Felix then joined the microbiology and immunology PhD program at the University of Zurich and is currently a PhD student in the group of Prof. Gerhard Rogler at the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland. In his PhD project Felix investigates the interactions between host genotype, gut microbiota and the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. To disentangle these complex relationships Felix is performing state of the art next generation 16S metagenomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics analysis. Besides this, Felix is currently an active member of the Life Science Zurich Young Scientist Network and is an organizer of the Vision 2020 talk series hosted by the University of Zurich.