Working groups


Bioavailability

Bioavailability

Head: Dr. Lukas Y. Wick
Tel. +49 341 235-1316
lukas.wick@ufz.de

  • Quantification and process-based analysis of the effect of substrate bioavailability/ bioaccessibility on the autecology and ecology of contaminant biodegradation in soil
  • Process-based development of novel biotechnological remediation approaches for contaminated soil (‘fungal-highways, electro-bioremediation’)

Working group Bioavailability


Electrobiotechnology

Electrobiotechnology

Head: Prof. Dr. Falk Harnisch
Tel. +49 341 235-1337
falk.harnisch@ufz.de

  • Electromicrobiology: Electroactive microorganisms – from fundamentals to potential application
  • Focus: Novel processes for the generation of platform and fine chemicals (microbial bioelectrosynthesis and bioelectrochemcially steered fermentation)

Electrobiotechnology


Flow Cytometry

Flow Cytometry

Head: Prof. Dr. Susann Müller
Tel. +49 341 235-1318
susann.mueller@ufz.de

  • Study of the life strategies of microbial populations
  • Optimisation of biotechnological and environmental processes based on single cell data which are obtained with multi-parameter flow cytometry

Working group Flow Cytometry


Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems

Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems

Head: Dr. Martin Thullner
Tel. +49 341 235-1338
martin.thullner@ufz.de

  • Developing advanced modeling concepts and tools for the simulation of reactive transport processes in porous media systems
  • Emphasis: microbially driven processes (e.g., biodegradation of groundwater contaminants) and the link between microbial activity and chemical transformation rates

Working group Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems


Microbial Data Science

Microbial Systems Data Science

Head: Dr. Ulisses Nunes da Rocha
Tel. +49 341 235-1374
ulisses.rocha@ufz.de

  • Extending genome-scale microbial interaction models to the diversity observed in terrestrial environments
  • Prediction of the capacity of microbial ecosystems to handle disturbances using multi-omics analysis
  • Data mining for functional traits related with contaminant degradation

Working group Microbial Data Science


Microbial Interaction Ecology

Microbial Interaction Ecology

Head: Prof. Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas
Tel. +49 341 235-1324
antonis.chatzinotas@ufz.de

  • Description of interactions within and between microbial trophic levels focusing on prokaryotes, viruses, protists and fungi
  • Emphasis on the importance of these interactions for the establishment, the stability and the resilience of microbial systems and services

Working group Microbial Interaction Ecology


Microbial Ecology of Changing Environments

Microbial Ecology of Changing Environments

Head: Dr. Anja Worrich
Tel. +49 341 235-482295
anja.worrich@ufz.de

  • Effects of single and combined factors of global change on microbial communities
  • Consequences of adaptation for soil functions
  • Modulation of the adaptive capacity of plants by microorganisms

Working group Microbial Ecology of Changing Environments


Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems

Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems

Head: Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber
Tel. +49 341 235-1325
sabine.kleinsteuber@ufz.de

  • Microbial ecology and physiology of anaerobes in natural and engineered environments
  • Biotechnological application of anaerobic microbiota

Working group Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems


Ecothermodynamics / Biocalorimetry

Ecothermodynamics / Biocalorimetry

Head: PD Dr. Thomas Maskow
Tel. +49 341 235-1328
thomas.maskow@ufz.de

  • Application, development and validation of thermodynamic rules in ecosystems as well as in biotechnology
  • Development of ultra-sensitive real time sensors for ecosystems and biotechnology (Biocalorimetry)

Working group Ecothermodynamics / Biocalorimetry


Plant Biogeochemistry

Plant Biogeochemistry

Head: Dr. Marie Muehe
Tel. +49 341 235-1336
marie.muehe@ufz.de

  • Evaluation of how and to what extend climate changes contaminant bioavailability in soils and how that imprints on plant performance
  • Emphasis on characterising and optimising root growth and functioning, rhizobiome dynamics and soil geochemistry and mineralogy in rhizosphere

Working group Plant Biogeochemistry


Systems Biology of Microbial Communities

Systems Biology of Microbial Communities

Head: Dr. Florian Centler
Tel. +49 341 235-1336
florian.centler@ufz.de

  • Linking community dynamics and enzyme activity to process performance
  • Metabolic network modeling of anaerobic digestion
  • Model-guided interpretation of high-throughput data

Working group Systems Biology of Microbial Communities


Environmental Mycology

Environmental Mycology

Head: Dr. Dietmar Schlosser
Tel. +49 341 235-1329
dietmar.schlosser@ufz.de

  • Exploration of mechanisms, conditions, and constrains of degradation and biotransformation of environmental pollutants (micropollutants, synthetic polymers, and polymer additives) in fungi of diverse habitats and lifestyles
  • Application of fungi in environmental biotechnology and lignocellulosic waste valorisation

Working group Environmental Mycology