Simone Schmitz began her studies at Zuyd University in the Netherlands, where she obtained her bachelor's degree. For her postgraduate studies, she moved to the RWTH Aachen University, where she deepened her knowledge with a Master's degree in "Molecular and Applied Biotechnology." During her master thesis, she worked on P. putida strains and their application in bioelectrochemical systems (BES) in the group of Prof. Rosenbaum. In September 2014, Simone Schmitz started her Ph.D. under Prof. Rosenbaum. In this context, she worked on developing P. aeruginosa mixed cultures for their application in bioelectrochemical systems. In November 2018, she completed her Ph.D. successfully. Since 2019 she is working as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Lars M. Blank on the development of O. polymorpha platform organisms for the conversion of C1 components into industrially relevant products.