Research Group Lorenz Adrian

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Electron micrograph of strain CBDB1

We investigate anaerobic respiratory processes in model cultures and subterrestrial environments. We have a special interest in anaerobic respiration with external electron acceptors. One such respiration is the organohalide respiration with halogenated solvents such as perchloroethene or chlorinated benzenes. However, also other significant biogeochemical respiratory reactions are investigated. We develop, adapt and apply microbiological, biochemical, molecular and genomic tools for our research.

Students are very welcome to take part in our research for their Master/Bachelor/work-term projects whatever time you have. Inquire directly at one of the team members.

We have a high-resolution mass spectrometer for protein and metabolilte identification (nLC-MS/MS, Thermo Orbitrap Fusion) and the data procession pipelines. We offer measuring slots for cooperation in geobiochemical topics.


Prof. Dr. Lorenz Adrian


  • Dr. Ding Chang

PhD students:

  • Katja Seidel
  • Weiying Ouyang
  • Rohit Budhraja

PhD students in cooperation:

  • Marion Chevallier
    (Dr. Saadi & Prof. Le Paslier, Evry)
  • Fatima El-Athman
    (Prof. Jekel & Dr. Putschew, TU Berlin)
  • Darja Deobald (Prof. Layer, Uni Leipzig)
  • Shahab Shahryari (Prof. Akbari, Uni Teheran, Iran)
  • Jan Birkigt (Dr. Nijenhuis, UFZ)
  • Shangwei Zhang (Prof. Schüürmann, UFZ)

Undergraduate Students:

  • Francis Enyi
  • Joana Kühne
  • Irmgard Schäffl
  • Rebeca Guerra
  • Max Behrens
  • Lijing Li
  • Nadine Hellmold    


  • Benjamin Scheer


  • Felicitas Ehme

BELL student

  • Bryan Ackermann

Former members (not complete, we started this list):

  • Dr. Chao Yang
  • Dr. Camelia Algora
  • Anja Kublik
  • Dr. Myriel Cooper
  • Marcel Finke
  • Valentin Fromm
  • Simone Marziani
  • Danny Frauenstein
  • Julia Howanski
  • Philip Walter
  • Lis Algora
  • Matthias Sackel
  • Valentin Fromm
  • Onyinye Okonkwo
  • Allba Trueba Santiso
  • Dr. Ernest Marco-Urrea
  • Dr. Kenneth Wasmund
  • Prof. Jeff Wilkesmann
  • Dr. Liliana Kurz
  • Jan Traulsen
  • Siti Mortan    
  • Christian Schipp
  • Su
  • ...

2017 Defense Chao TU Berlin
2017 PhD defense Chao Yang at TU Berlin with Prof. Neubauer and PD Lechner.
Group picture 2017
Group Photo 2015


    Building 5.0 rooms 106-110


  • Microbiology: Anaerobic cultivation facilities (gassing station, anoxic tent, large batch fermenter), Cultivation automat, fluorescence microscope optimized for cell counting
  • Biochemistry: nLC-MS/MS (protein mass spectrometer, Thermo Orbitrap Fusion), EKTA-FPLC, protein and DNA/RNA electrophoresis, array reader installed in an anoxic tent
  • Chemical analysis: Gas-GC, Capillary-GC, ion chromatograph
  • Molecular biology: qPCR, nanoDrop, molecular cloning lab, electrophoresis, gel documentation