Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Christina Weißbecker
Name: Christina Weißbecker (Germany)

Department Soil Ecology

Flag Germany
Research topic

Which soil microbes live in Chinese subtropical forests and how do the microbial communities change with varying plant diversity? What is their contribution to the ecosystem? I want to find out with the application of high-throughput sequencing technology.

At UFZ since

May 2011

How did you learn about the UFZ?

I studied in Berlin. One of the professors started a new research group at the UFZ Leipzig during that time and offered students the possibility to work on a scientific project.

Why did you come to the UFZ?

- fascinating international project in Chinese forests
- great cooperation with excellent scientists at UFZ in a pleasant working atmosphere
- participation in graduate school
- well-equipped labs and offices

What do you like about the city you live in?

Leipzig is a beautiful city with a lot of green and the nice lakes. Especially spring to autumn time is really great with many public festivals in the city.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

I very much like working at the UFZ and feel supported by the structure that is given by my project and the HIGRADE school