Wolfgang Köster is a Research Scientist at VIDO-InterVac, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Dr. Köster completed his MSc in Biology and his PhD in Microbiology at University of Tübingen, Germany. He had academic appointments with the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA), the University of Tübingen (Germany), Institut Pasteur (Paris, France), and the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (Zürich, Switzerland). He served as Swiss Delegate and “Invited Expert” at various events of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO). From 2004-2009 he held the NSERC/Bioniche Associate Chair in Vaccines to Reduce Food and Water Contamination. He has extensive experience working with Gram-negative bacteria (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia, Morganella, Pasteurella, Vibrio ) in the last years focusing on the development and testing of vaccines against Salmonella Enteriditis and Campylobacter jejuni in poultry (including in ovo vaccination strategies). He also has an interest in host-pathogen interactions, investigating virulence determinants of zoonotic bacteria as well as avian host defense mechanisms such as innate and aquired immune responses.
Dr. Köster has supervised 3 Postdoctoral Fellows, 10 PhD students, 6 Masters/Diploma students, technicians and numerous undergraduate students. He is experienced in teaching lectures, seminars and practical courses at all University levels in the areas of microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and environmental sciences.