Working groups



Head: Dr. Lukas Y. Wick
Tel. +49 341 235-1316

  • 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


Microbial Bioelectrocatalysis & Bioelectrotechnology

Head: Prof. Dr. Falk Harnisch
Tel. +49 341 235-1337

  • 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)


Flow Cytometry

Flow Cytometry

Head: Prof. Dr. Susann Müller
Tel. +49 341 235-1318

  • 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

  • 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 Interaction Ecology

Microbial Systems Ecology

Head: Prof. Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas
Tel. +49 341 235-1324

  • 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 Systems Data Science

Microbial Systems Bioinformatics

Head: Dr. Ulisses Nunes da Rocha
Tel. +49 341 235-1374

  • 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 Systems Data Science

Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems

Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems

Head: Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber
Tel. +49 341 235-1325

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

Working group Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems

Ecothermodynamics / Biocalorimetry

WG Ecothermodynamics / Biocalorimetry

Head: PD Dr. Thomas Maskow
Tel. +49 341 235-1328

  • 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

Systems Biology of Microbial Communities

WG Systems Biology of Microbial Communities

Head: Dr. Florian Centler
Tel. +49 341 235-1336

  • 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

  • Degradation/biotransformation of organic environmental pollutants by aquatic fungi
  • Particular focus: Oxidation of environmental pollutants by laccases of aquatic fungi

Working group Environmental Mycology