Susanne trained in molecular microbiology in Germany and New Zealand. Her PhD work in New Zealand, completed in 2006, was focused on transport systems and their regulation, while her first postdoctoral project saw her shift her research towards regulation of antibiotic resistance. With her move back to Germany in 2009, Susanne combined these two interests and began to investigate how a transport system can play an active role in bacterial signalling. With this new project, she established an independent junior research group in Munich. In 2014, she moved to the UK to take up a lectureship in Medical Microbiology at the University of Bath, where she is continuing and expanding this work.