Sebastian Winter received his M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, in 2006.
He then started his Ph.D. thesis research and, under the co-mentorship of Dr. Holger Rüssmann (University of Munich) and Dr. Andreas Bäumler (UC Davis), studied how Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, the causative agent of typhoid fever, can evade recognition by the innate immune system.
In 2010, Sebastian Winter obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. biol. hum.) from the University of Munich, Germany. He then continued his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Andreas Bäumler at UC Davis where he investigated alterations of the intestinal microbiota during episodes of inflammation.
In 2013, Dr. Winter joined the Microbiology Department at UT Southwestern and was named a UT Southwestern Endowed Scholar. In 2014, he received an ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology. He was named a Research Scholar by the American Cancer Society in 2017. In 2018, Dr. Winter became a BWF Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases.
His independent research group is investigating host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in the inflamed gut, with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease and infection with enteric pathogens.