Prof. Dr. Hauke Harms

Head of the Department of Environmental Microbiology


Prof. Dr. Hauke Harms
Department Head

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Helmholtz-Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1260

Hauke Harms

CV / Scientific Career


Diploma in Biology, University of Hamburg

1988 - 1990

PhD, University of Hamburg; subject 'Bacterial Degradation of Dioxin'

1991 - 1993

Long-Term Fellow of European Environmental Research Organisation (EERO) at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

1993 - 1998

Oberassistent at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and head of a research team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)

1998 - 2003

Assistant professor for Soil Microbiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

since 2004

Professor for Environmental Microbiology at the University of Leipzig and Head of the Department of Environmental Microbiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig

since 2013

Spokesperson of the Helmholtz Research Programme ‘Terrestrial Environment’

Research interests

I am interested in the ecology and ecophysiology of microbial communities involved in Ecosystem services such as the conversion of pollutants and biomass in soil, water and technical systems. It is my goal to address these processes from an ecological perspective and to propose ecological principles for environmental biotechnology development. Special emphasis is put on the link between microbial diversity in structured habitats and the reliability of their functioning. An ultimate goal is to propose biotechnological processes that are as self-sustained as natural ecosystems and their application for environmentally sound biotechnology.

Internet Resources

ARSOlux: Development and implementation of whole-cell bioreporter-based sensor for arsenic in water resources

Long-term bioavailability of oil pollution

Environmental biotechnology based on fungal physiology and ecology