Dr. Silvia Gschwendtner

Phone: +49 89 3187-3531
Fax: +49 89 3187-3376
Building/Room: 43a / 118


Dr. Gschwendtner is a research scientist with strong background in environmental microbiology and molecular biology, working with microbiomes of different environments. Her main aim is to contribute to the understanding of microbiome relationships between the environment and the health of humans, animals and plants. Thus, she is involved in several human cohort studies investigating links between the underlying microbiome and health, disease and living conditions of the population. She has strong background in bioinformatics and the implementation of data analysis tools for Next Generation Sequencing. Since 2021, she is responsible for the coordination of microbiome-associated sequencing projects carried out with scientific collaboration partners within and outside the Helmholtz Center Munich.


  • PhD in Microbiology, Technische Universität München
  • Diploma of Microbiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


2016-present:   Postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Unit COMI, Helmholtz Zentrum München

2013-2016:       Postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Unit EGEN, Helmholtz Zentrum München

2012-2013:       Postdoctoral research fellow at the Chair of Soil Ecology, Technische Universität München

2010-2012:       Postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Unit EGEN, Helmholtz Zentrum München



  • Karlina R, Flexeder C, Musiol S, Bhattacharyya M, Schneider E, Altun I, Gschwendtner S, Neumann AU, Nano J, Schloter M et al: Differential effects of lung inflammation on insulin resistance in humans and mice. Allergy. 2022.
  • Amar Y, Schneider E, Köberle M, Seeholzer T, Musiol S, Hölge IM, Gschwendtner S, Krappmann D, Steiger K, Biedermann T et al: Microbial dysbiosis in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis mimics shifts in human microbiome and correlates with the key pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-4, IL-33 and TSLP. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2022.
  • Boy D, Moeller R, Sauheitl L, Schaarschmidt F, Rapp S, van den Brink L, Gschwendtner S, Borquez RG, Matus FJ, Horn MA et al: Gradient Studies Reveal the True Drivers of Extreme Life in the Atacama Desert. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 2022.
  • Mahnkopp-Dirks F, Radl V, Kublik S, Gschwendtner S, Schloter M, Winkelmann T: Dynamics of Bacterial Root Endophytes of Malus domestica Plants Grown in Field Soils Affected by Apple Replant Disease. Front Microbiol. 2022.