Annika Röttig was born in 1986 and studied Biology at the University of Münster, Germany. Her bachelor thesis dealt with the microbial acyltransferase-based production of biodiesel-like compounds. In a four-month visit of the research group of Dr. Kevin O’Connor in Dublin, Ireland, she analyzed the potential of various bacterial strains to convert lignocellulosic hydrolysates into biotechnologically applicable biopolymers. During her master thesis, which was completed in 2012, she studied sequence-function relationships of a bacterial model acyltransferase involved in neutral lipid synthesis. She continued with her Ph.D. studies under supervision of Prof. Dr. Alexander Steinbüchel in the Institute for Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology. Her research focuses on bacterial lipid accumulation in both, wild-type and recombinant strains, the involved acyltransferases and their potential for biotechnological applications.