Curriculum Vitae Dr. Mathias Hentrich

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  • PhD in natural sciences awarded with summa cum laude
  • Excellent performance (motivated by an achievement-oriented environment)
  • Distinct research skills on-/offline
  • High degree of working independently, also while dealing with new topics
  • Self-motivation (enthusiasm, optimism)
  • Vision and courage for innovations
  • Reliability and responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship, leadership experience, team management
  • Emotional intelligence (empathy, communicative competence)
  • Ability to change perspective and analytical skills
  • Long-term and sustainable orientation
  • Very good IT and programming skills
  • Resilience and flexibility
  • Intensive experience abroad (worldwide)
  • Interesting and challenging projects
  • Assignment abroad
  • Insights
  • Passionate people
  • Synergies
  • Unexplored places
  • Something new / broaden my horizont
  • Really good/tasty/delicious/awesome food

Mathias Hentrich, born in 1982 in the heart of Germany, first learned to appreciate the nature and later the cities. In parallel to his entrepreneurial activities as a self-employed IT consultant, he graduated as a Bachelor and Master of Science, founded two registered associations and supported many university committees as an active member. In 2010 he graduated at the Ruhr-University Bochum as a PhD of Natural Sciences in the field of molecular biology 1.5 years faster than average with summa cum laude. He was also awarded with a PhD scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation and a university scholarship of the Ruhr-University Research School, honoring his achievements in his research studies as well as his volunteer activities.

After he finished his doctorate he decided to face another challenge: He travelled all seven continents on his own traversing via land and water transportation. In two years he covered more than 200,000 km, explored 60 countries and interviewed hundreds of people from different cultures. But most important he became friends with the locals he met. After his return, Mathias Hentrich focused on his interest in information technology and taught himself new programming languages, designed automated trading strategies for forex and futures markets and supervised the development of a backtesting platform. He also pursuit his academic career in 2013 and 2014 by publishing three new peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. He is currently working at Accenture Strategy.

In his free time he likes to indulge in good food, doing sports and enjoys photography.

  • since 11/2014
    Technology Strategy
  • 04/2002 - 10/2014
    BSV Hentrich, Dr. Hentrich Consulting
    IT services, consulting, project work, maintenance contracts
    - Founder of own company focusing on IT services and consulting.
    - Clients: medium-sized to international companies, individuals.
    In 2002 I decided to develop my free-time wise interest in IT further by starting my own IT business "BSV Hentrich". The company provides consulting and marketing services in the field pertaining to web development. Also the installation and maintenance of networks and training courses through to the administration of customized software solutions were part of services. Clients included private commissions (e.g. managers, doctors, professors, accountants) and various companies (e.g. private hospital, public facilities, medium-sized to international companies).
  • 11/2012 - 09/2014
    Project Manager / Developer
    Joint Venture
    Financial markets, programming, probability analysis, algorithm development
    - Administration of the development of a backtesting framework for the forex and futures market, which statistically evaluates news and messages in real time, shows correlations and approximates trading recommendations based on tick data.
    - Programming of trading strategies (Algorithmic Trading) in Python and C#.
  • 09/2010 - 09/2012
    Around the world / international experience
    World travel, journalism, interviews, documentation
    - A nonstop solo circumnavigation on the land and water across all seven continents and three oceans.
    - After completing the doctorate, I realized:
    "Thinking out of the box is not enough – I’m also curious to experience the whole world."
    During this two-year journey, I was able to experience different cultures from 60 countries in a genuine way. I aimed for direct interaction with the locals while travelling, to gather unbiased experiences and widen my horizon. The interaction with many different cultures also taught me exceptional views on life and alleged issues. In particular the extreme moments in war areas, slums, nature uniqueness and the other people's views gave me an inexhaustible fund of boundless motivation and inspiration. I documented the 200,000 km journey in detail by GPS, daily notes, >40,000 photos and 36 hours of HD video footage including more than 200 video interviews with over 40 languages. Further publications are planned.
    --> Visited countries and the complete route on a map.
  • 06/2007 - 06/2010
    Postgraduate / Research Associate
    Research, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Plant Hormones
    - Project related research and regular employment at research institute.
    - Supervision of basic and advanced tutorials, mentoring of graduate students.
  • 10/2006 - 11/2006
    Kallisto Webservices, GmbH
    IT, customer acquisition, location analysis, contract design
    - Contributing to the buildup of an online order center for restaurants (precursor of today’s GmbH).
    - Independent B2B marketing responsible for the expansion of business development and product innovation.
    As a freelancer I was responsible for customer recruitment focusing on location analysis, draft of agreements and advertising. In less than two months I was able to establish a successful online order center in the region of Velbert and its surrounding areas. The department of Kallisto Webservices in which I was active, merged later with another company to today's GmbH.
  • 09/2006 - 03/2007
    Student Research Assistant
    Research, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Plant Hormones
    - Project related assistant for molecular biological studies.
    - Weekend work in the institute: Maintenance of S1-greenhouses and research facilities.
  • 10/2002 - 08/2010
    Administrator / Chairman of the Board, RubStudent e.V.
    University, Student Initiative, Programming, Association Work
    - Initial foundation of a cross-faculty online community which is now in its seventh generation.
    - Foundation and administration of a registered association, team management, event organization, fundraising
    The foundation of the student association "RubStudent" (Rub = Ruhr-University Bochum) aimed for a general and interdisciplinary exchange between students. The main focus of the project was to establish a neutral and ad-free online community (, which today attracts over 5,000 members and more than 140,000 posts about studying at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Regularly organized and therefore well-known events including festivals with live bands and thousands of visitors as well as collaborations with other student representatives and the university management were funding the accumulating server costs. In 2005 we founded the registered association RubStudent e.V. to meet the increasing bureaucratic demands. At peak times the RubStudent core team consisted of 30 volunteers and highly committed helpers.
  • 04/2001 - 05/2002
    Alternative Civilian Service
    Senior care, Day care
    - Respectful care for the older generation benefiting from their life experience.
    - Distinctive learning experience influenced by empathic communication with the elderly.
    I was mainly responsible for the day care of the seniors. This included in particular the implementation of various activities such as excursions, fitness excercises, cooking together, games and time for profound conversations. Alongside I also managed the IT in the care management and the neighbouring hospital. As a result of having unforgettable conversations with people with decades of experience, who also were some of the last eyewitnesses of the second world war, I became more mature and learned a lot about myself and about life.
  • 13 received certificates / further education (> 1 month of study)
    Corporate strategy, business, law, economics, business administration, human resource and project management, programming
    • Interactive Programming in Python
      Rice University (via Coursera), 10/2013 - 12/2013
      Final grade: 100 % with distinction
      Instructors: Prof. Joe Warren, Prof. Scott Rixner, Dr. John Greiner, Dr. Stephen Wong - Department of Computer Science
      Keywords: local/global variables, methods/functions/classes, logic and comparisons, conditionals, event-driven programming, interactive drawing, lists, dictionaries, images, object-oriented programming.
      This course taught the basics of interactive programming by working through multiple "mini-projects" in Python together with video lectures and online exams. Python is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many applications worldwide. I used a browser-based programming environment to develop interactive applications involving graphical content responding to buttons, a keyboard and a mouse. To strengthen the understanding of the material I built a collection of interactive games such as Pong, Blackjack and Asteroids.
    • Competitive Strategy
      Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (via Coursera), 07/2013 - 08/2013
      Final grade: 98.9 % with distinction
      Instructor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer - Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization
      Keywords: simultaneous/sequential/repeated games, commitment, complements, cooperation, choice of market, entry strategies/deterrence, R&D, incentives, innovation under competition, sleeping patterns, Bertrand paradox, product differentiation, pricing and product decisions.
      This six-week course introduced game theory as a powerful tool for thinking about business strategy in a systematic way. I learned to identify inter-dependencies among companies and anticipate the behavior of competitors in their business decisions. Using the basic tools of game theory, I analyzed in real-life settings how firms choose strategies to attain competitive advantage.
    • Startup Engineering
      Stanford University (via Coursera), 06/2013 - 08/2013
      Final grade: 96.1 % with distinction
      Instructors: Prof. V. Pande, Dr. B. Srinivasan - Departments of: Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Structural Biology
      Keywords: introduction to possible Startups and the todays Silicon Valley, Linux overview and key features, setting up development environments (bash, emacs, server-side JavaScript, node.js), market research, wireframing/copywriting/design, web application (HTML5/CSS3/JS), deployment (DNS, Github, Heroku, Amazon Web Services, security, SSH/SCP), development (dev/staging/production with git, debugging, responsive design, social/local/mobile), marketing and sales, virality and growth, crowdfunding with bitcoins, regulation/disruption/future.
      This course explored engineering, design and marketing in the context of mobile web development.
    • Malicious Software and its Underground Economy
      Royal Holloway University of London, International Programmes (via Coursera), 06/2013 - 07/2013
      Final grade: 97.6 % with distinction
      Instructor: Dr. Lorenzo Cavallaro (Assistant Professor) - Information Security Group (ISG)
      Keywords: botnets, rootkits, static and dynamic analysis, polymorphism, code obfuscation, mobile malware, cybercriminal underground economy (pay-per-install, exploit-as-a-Service, memory errors), reverse engineering challenge (IDA Pro, binary, C source).
      This short graduate-level course introduced students to traditional and mobile malicious software, the security threats it represents, state-of-the-art analysis and detection techniques, and the underground ecosystem that drives this profitable but illegal business.
    • Economics in practice certificate program
      Chamber of Commerce and Industry and RUB Career Service, 10/2005 - 03/2007
      This support program alongside the studies consisted of individually combinable, theoretical (lecture series, seminars) and practical (workshops, internship) elements to promote economic thinking served to independently plan and perform projects as well as learn the basic principles of management. I thoroughly enjoyed the subject, which led me to acquire this certificate in three semesters instead of the scheduled four.
    • Business Administration for Non-Economists
      Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ruhr-University Bochum, 04/2006 - 07/2006
      Instructor: PD Dr. Hilmar F. Henselek
      The semester lecture series with final examination introduced students of non-economic studies to the subject of business administration. The main topics included optimal decisions for income generation, individual and collective behavior, risk management, Robinson Crusoe economy, economic coexistence and division of labor as well as the analysis of market mechanisms (control via exchange conditions) and the coordination of actions in companies (control via hierarchical relationships). And finally, to explore the question of which type of market-based or entrepreneurial behavior is most appropriate under a given set of conditions.
    • Certificate of Project Management
      Institute for Applied Innovation Research and Institute for Applied Work Science, Ruhr-University Bochum, 04/2006 - 06/2006
      Instructors: Prof. Dr. F. Kerka, Dr. F. Schwarzbach, Dipl. Soz.-Wiss. P. Wehling, Dipl.-Chem. Dipl.-Arb.-Wiss. M. Kottmann
      Topics: methods and tools of project management, control and development of project teams, change management and innovation.
      The content was taught through lectures, case studies, practical examples, discussion, sharing experiences, training documents and checklists.
    • Certificate Law (contract, criminal and business law)
      Lawyers Hetterscheidt & Schneiker, Bochum, 01/2006 - 02/2006
      Instructor: RA Sabine Hetterscheid
      Topics: overview of the legal system, civil and commercial law (civil code, contract law, law of obligations, product law, property law), individual labor law with areas of social insurance law (rights and obligations of contracting parties, written warnings, terminations, employment protection).
      In this course legal relationships of everyday life as well as areas of labor and commercial law were explained.
    • Economics for Non-Economists
      Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ruhr-University Bochum, 10/2005 - 02/2006
      Instructor: Prof. Dr. Wim Kösters
      The semester lecture series with final examination gave the students of non-economic studies an introduction to the theoretical foundations and application spectrum of microeconomics (market economy, market efficiency, market failure, government intervention) and macroeconomics (global economy, growth, inflation and employment).
    • Certificate of Human Resource Management
      Institute for Applied Work Science, Ruhr-University Bochum, 10/2005 - 12/2005
      Instructors: Dr. Freya Schwarzbach, Dipl.-Theol. Dipl.-Arb.-Wiss. Gregor Fasel, Dipl.-Chem. Dipl.-Arb.-Wiss. Marcus Kottmann
      Topics: introduction to human resource management, staff management and motivation, incentive management, human resource development and education controlling. The topics were then summarized in a cross-thematic case study.
    • Teaching and Learning with New Media
      Options module "Optionalbereich", Ruhr-University Bochum, 04/2005 - 08/2005
      Instructor: Maximiliane Bönnighausen
      Topics: theoretical foundations of media-based learning (learning theories and basics of media didactics), development trends, cost-benefit analysis of new media, media learning course developments (technology, design, management), introduction to appropriate software.
      First, this course gave an overview of the functions and didactic designs of teaching and learning with new media. Based on the theory and with the help of authoring software, the course covered how to design and implement a concrete teaching and learning unit intended to deepen the function, design options and basic skills for media-didactic counseling and further education activities.
    • Scientific use of LaTeX
      Options module "Optionalbereich", Ruhr-University Bochum, 04/2005 - 06/2005
      Instructor: Stephan Hochhaus
      In comparison to known word processing programs such as MS Word, the typesetting system known as LaTeX is more reliable and stable, making it an already established publishing alternative in the natural sciences. After an introduction to the basics of LaTeX, the course deepened my acquired knowledge with practical exercises on the basis of the individual faculty requirements (design, page layout, citations, cross-references, etc.) and thematic LaTeX references. Finally, the course tested our knowledge by requiring us to write a thesis completely in LaTeX. I wrote my bachelor’s thesis in LaTeX.
    • Presentation techniques and media skills
      Options module "Optionalbereich", Ruhr-University Bochum, 10/2003 - 02/2004
      Instructors: Stephan Hochhaus, Daniel Florian
      Topics: AIDA, input channels, applied rhetoric (linguistic and non-linguistic), models of communication (Watzlawick, Schulz von Thun), questioning techniques, understanding models, feedback, visualization techniques, dissonance theory, target group analysis, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, levels of language, theme structure, argument structure, Johari window, media skills (flipchart, overhead projector, media choice, moderation and training materials, chart types/selection/creation), creating a presentation with video analysis.
      This course taught a variety of presentation techniques and media skills as well as an introduction to the use of popular presentation software.
  • 10 training modules (< 1 month of study)
    Leadership skills, rhetoric, communication, presentation, time management
    • Scientific Presentation
      textATRIUM and Ruhr-University Research School, Bochum, 01/2009
      Instructor: Dr. Sylvia C. Löhken
      Scientific Presentation for Natural Sciences, Engineering and Life Sciences. The 3-day-workshop enhances presentation skills that help to communicate scientific results to a scientific audience in a style that is both professional and authentic for conferences.
    • Successful communication at conferences and congresses
      impulsplus, Cologne and Professional Development Office (IFB), Bochum, 06/2008
      Instructor: Dr. Anja Frohnen
      Topics: verbal business card, skillful small talk, strategic statement structure, maintaining contacts.
      Participants developed context-specific self-presentations and small talk strategies with video feedback for meetings and conferences, aimed at helping them get easily into focused contact with other researchers during coffee breaks, evening events and conference dinners. Moreover, the participants learned to use the subsequent question and answer session after lectures for scientific exchange and self-presentation.
    • Gateway technology: potential and application in molecular plant research
      SFB 480 Workshop, Ruhr-University Bochum, 05/2008
      Instructors: Dr. Heike Loschelder, Dipl.-Biol. Andrea Kolpack
      Topics: background and principles of advanced cloning input vectors (entry clones), application vectors (destination clones), special utilization (e.g. gene expression, complementation, affinity tagging, RNAi), discussion and project planning.
    • Project and time management for PhD students
      prometha Organisationsberatung and Professional Development Office (IFB), Bochum, 12/2007
      Instructor: Ulya Waldraff
      The complexity and volume of a dissertation usually exceeds all previous projects a PhD student has coped with so far. This workshop offered helpful techniques for project and time management meant to be used specifically by doctoral students.
    • Speech and voice training
      Kriszti Kiss, Dortmund and Professional Development Office (IFB), Bochum, 11/2007
      Instructor: Dipl.-Schauspielerin Kriszti Kiss
      Topics: posture, breathing and change of tension as a basis for the speaker; functional use of speech-organs (lips, tongue, soft palate); physiological processes in the larynx: vocal use and resonance; to listen and control the tone modulation; phonetic self-control in various communication situations.
      In this three-day seminar participants learned about their overall acoustic impression how to moderate their vocal expression through components such as breathing techniques and intentionality. The course taught methods meant to prevent phonasthenia and to skillfully increase/dose acoustic presence. Finally, the course addressed the combined effect of body language and communicative attention (active and passive) and discussed their design possibilities.
    • Leadership in science
      impulsplus, Cologne and Professional Development Office (IFB), Bochum, 10/2007
      Instructors: Dr. Anja Frohnen, Matthias Brandl
      In this course, typical leadership patterns in hierarchical research teams were problematized, while communicative solution-oriented strategies to deal constructively with them were given. Established tools of leadership and management models were discussed and the differences in the requirements as a supervisor/employer/project manager reflected to integrate the knowledge in one's own conception of management. I learned the basics of how to typify team members, how to put together the best team combination and how employees' different potentials can complement one another.
    • Radiation protection training and checkup for the handling of radioactive materials
      Central Isotope Laboratory (RUBION), Ruhr-University Bochum, 08/2007
      The Central Isotope Laboratory offers all technical and scientific requirements for the handling of unsealed radioactive substances, such as those required for research at the Ruhr-University Bochum as well as in non-university scientific/technical areas. Because of my project work with ionizing radiation, I had to pass a radiation protection training, a preventive medical examination and isotope laboratory training to work with radioactive substances inside the Central Isotope Laboratory.
    • Rhetoric and Communication (3)
      Three independent short seminars (12/2005, 07/2008, 11/2009) in the context of voluntary training courses at the Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Languages
    German (C2), English (C1), Russian (A1), Spanish (A1)
    • German (Mother tongue / C2)
      English (Fluent / C1)
      (Basic / A1, four school years, two stays in Russia)
      (Basic / A1, Rosetta Stone L1, three months Latin America)


      Italian (Basic knowledge, three school years)
      French (Basic knowledge, two crash courses including Rosetta Stone L1)
      Japanese (Learning desire)
  • Comprehensive molecular biological work knowledge with extensive range of methods
    Nucleic acids, proteins, transgenic, radioactive, q-PCR, GC-MS/MS, GUS, GFP, in vivo, in vitro, in silico etc.
    • S1 work with bacteria strains (Escherichia coli, Agrobacterium tumefaciens), yeast strains (Pichia pastoris), transgenic plants (Arabidopsis thaliana, Nicotiana tabacum, Nicotiana benthamiana, Arabidopsis cell cultures)
    • DNA transformation (stable and transient), cultivation and selection of transgenic organisms
    • Heterologous and homologous overexpression studies in bacteria, yeasts and plants
    • Preparation and analysis of gene knockout mutants and overexpression lines (genotypic, phenotypic)
    • Purification of nucleic acids (RNA, mRNA, DNA, cDNA) (electrophoretic, chromatographic)
    • Cloning (enzymatic modification), homologous in-vitro-recombination (Gateway™)
    • Gene expression studies / analysis of transcript levels via RT- PCR (semi-quantitative) and q-PCR (quantitative/real-time PCR)
    • Histochemical localization of promotor GUS reporter gene activity
    • Radioactive ([α-32P]-dATP) and non-radioactive (probe) DNA quantification (Southern blot), working in the isotope laboratory, X-ray processing
    • Purification/detection of (fusion) proteins (electrophoresis, affinity chromatography, native or de-/renaturation, immunological (Western blot), thin layer chromatography, enzymatic)
    • Protein biochemical analyzes (activity studies, substrate specificity)
    • Subcellular localization of GFP fusion constructs (fluorescence studies)
    • Qualitative and quantitative determination of plant molecules (lignin, ethylene, IAA etc.)
    • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS analysis)
    • Photometric analyzes (cofactor binding via UV/VIS spectrometry, NanoDrop etc.)
    • Growth and induction studies, time-lapse documentation
    • Bioinformatic in silico analyzes (phylogenetic sequence studies, microarrays, statistics, q-PCR etc.)
  • Teaching inside and outside university
    University assistance work, mentoring and IT training
    • 2007 - 2010 (various): Mentoring individual students (methodological questions and instructions)
    • 2009 (6 weeks): Assisting in a specialization course and seminar: Molecular Plant Physiology
    • 2008 (4 weeks): Assisting in a basic course and seminar: Molecular Plant Physiology
    • 2008 (4 weeks): Assisting in an expansion module and seminar: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of plants and microorganisms
    • 2008 (few days): Assisting with an internship for aspiring teachers
    • 2001 - 2010 (various): IT training for individuals and small groups
  • Strong IT skills up to programming
    Over 12 years an own IT business (consulting, hardware, software, project work)
    • General IT, Hardware, (wireless) networks, server/clients, installation, (remote) maintenance, security, backup solutions
    • Microsoft (Windows, Office, Visual Studio), Adobe (Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator), Linux, Git, Bootstrap, Sublime Text, Heroku, XAMPP, VirtualBox, MindManager, GPS/mapping tools, CMS-/blog systems (WordPress, Typo3, Joomla), bulletin board systems (vBulletin, WBB), CorelDRAW, bioinformatics tools (Vector NTI, Genevestigator, Opticon qPCR, geNorm) and more
    • HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript (web design), LaTeX (print publications), Python (development of smaller games and tools for analysis of financial markets), C# (developing of own tools for analysis of financial markets), R (financial calculations), TypoScript, MySQL (CMS and forum optimization), Bash (development of small helpers and automation for Linux workflow)
  • Several years of independent trading experience in financial derivatives
    Algorithms programming, futures, forex, stocks, funds
    • Since 1998, independent trading with stocks and funds
    • Since 2012, independent trading in futures and forex
    • Fundamental and Technical Analysis
    • Intraday, algorithmic trading and long-term strategies
    • Analysis tools and automation (own tools, Zipline, QSTK, NinjaTrader)
    • Broker experience (Interactive Brokers, TD Ameritrade, ING-DiBa, DAB Bank, BNP Paribas)
Scientific publications
  • Print (7)
    Peer-reviewed publications in international journals, book publishing.