Bernhard Krismer studied Biology in Innsbruck, Austria, and Tübingen, Germany, and obtained Diploma and PhD degrees in Microbiology. He held a postdoctoral position in the lab of Prof. Friedrich Götz in Tübingen. In 2002, he joined the company DR. PETRY genmedics GmbH as CSO (chief scientific officer), being responsible for contract research, development of large-scale protein expression and purification with a proprietary expression system, and screening of natural product librairies. In 2008 he joined the group of Prof. Andreas Peschel at the University of Tübingen investigating the human nose as ecological niche for bacteria. As a group leader he is now focusing on pathogenic S. aureus and the development of new anti-infectives by exploring natural interactions between nasal bacteria.