Expertise of Technical Assistants

WG Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance   (Dr. Anja Worrich)

Maja Hinkel
  • Isolation, enrichment, cultivation and quantification of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria
  • Extraction of DNA, RNA and proteins
  • PCR, qPCR, epicPCR
  • Fluorescence and light microscopy
  • FISH

WG Bioavailability   (Dr. Lukas Wick)

Jana Reichenbach
  • Isolation, enrichment, cultivation and quantification of aerobic microorganisms (fungi and bacteria)
  • High throughput quantification of bacteria using spiral platter cultivation and automated colony enumeration
  • Determination of the surface hydrophobicity of microbial surfaces (contact angle measurements)
  • Determination of the surface tension of solutions
  • Determination of the swimming behavior of bacteria (chemotaxis, swimming and swarming behavior)
Birgit Würz
  • Isolation, enrichment, cultivation and quantification of aerobic microorganisms (fungi and bacteria)
  • Chemical analysis of organic substances: GC-FID, GC-ECD, GC-MS, Headspace
  • Extraction and analysis of organic trace substances
  • Determination of particle size, particle concentration and physicochemical surface properties (isoelectric point, zeta potential) of bio-colloids and macromolecules (Zeta-Sizer ULTRA)
  • Website design and maintenance

WG Flow Cytometry   (Prof. Dr. Susann Müller)

Florian Schattenberg
  • Cytometry
  • Cell sorting
  • DNA extraktion, PCR and T-RFLP fingerprinting
  • Laser safety officer (Dept. Environmental Microbiology)
Kathrin Stückrath
  • Cytometry
  • Cell sorting
  • Image analysis
  • Protein/RNA/DNA extraktion
  • PCR/qPCR
  • Microarray
Christine Süring
  • Fermentation
  • Cytometry
  • Image analysis

WG Microbial Data Science   (Dr. Ulisses Nunes da Rocha)

Sanchita Kamath
High-throughput sequencing data (HTS) manipulation:
  • HTS functional annotation
  • Metagenome-assembled genomes recovery (eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses)
  • Microbial HTS simulation
Computational Support:
  • Data storage and life cycle management
  • Installation and development of software, tools and pipelines for (multi)omics analysis
  • Python, R, Bash, and C++
  • Machine learning model training

WG Microbial Interaction Ecology   (Prof. Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas)

Anett Heidtmann
  • DNA/RNA extraction (environmental samples, cultures)
  • PCR (16S rRNA, functional genes and plasmids) and T-RFLP
  • Quantitative PCR
  • Sequence analysis (incl. software) and ARB software (genealogical trees)
  • Microscopy
  • FISH and hybridisations
  • Phages (concentration, molecular biology)
  • Training of biology lab technicians at UFZ
Nicole Steinbach
  • DNA/RNA extraction (environmental samples, cultures)
  • PCR (16S rRNA, functional genes, plasmids) and T-RFLP
  • Sequence analysis (incl. software)
  • Enrichment/cultivation of bacteria
  • Viruses/phages (concentration, molecular biology)
  • Stable Isotope Probing (SIP)
Lara Zenker (Apprentice)
  • Isolation of DNA/plasmids
  • Cultivation of microorganisms
  • Ligation and Cloning of PCR fragments
  • PCR, qPCR
  • Sanger sequencing

WG Plant Biogeochemistry   (Ass.-Prof. Dr. Marie Muehe)

Paul-Georg Richter
  • Geochemical characterization of soils    
  • Field sampling
  • Microwave-assisted digestion of environmental samples
  • Visualization of oxygen, pH and carbon dioxide using planar optodes
  • Nucleic acid extractions
  • PCR, qPCR and cDNA synthesis

WG Environmental Mycology   (Dr. Dietmar Schlosser)

Madlen Schubert
  • Cryoconservation of microorganisms
  • Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC)
  • Enzyme assays (microtiter plate reader)
  • FTIR spectroscopic measurements
  • Fungal cultivation methods

Microbiological Media and Waste Disposal

Mandy Becker
  • Microbiological waste disposal
  • Hot air sterilisation
  • Cleaning of glass
  • Autoclaving
  • Aerobic and anaerobic culture media
Katrin Lübke
  • Aerobic and anaerobic culture media and solutions
  • Hot air sterilization
  • Autoclaving
  • Microbiological waste disposal