Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber


Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber
Senior Scientist
Head of the MicAS Group

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Phone +49 341 235-1325

Sabine Kleinsteuber

CV / Scientific Career


Diploma in Biology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


Dr. rer. nat., Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Natural Sciences


Scientist at the Institute of Genetics of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


Post-Doc at the UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Department Environmental Microbiology

since 1999

Senior scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department Environmental Microbiology

Research interests

My research field is the microbial ecology of anaerobic systems, in particular of contaminated environments and engineered ecosystems. The aim is to identify microbial key players of biogeochemical processes and to elucidate their ecophysiological function in biotechnological processes and microbial ecosystem services.

A major focus of my research is the microbial ecology of anaerobic conversions in open mixed cultures. Community composition and dynamics as well as carbon and energy flow in anaerobic bioreactors are analyzed by means of molecular methods, aiming at understanding the complex metabolic interactions, identifying microbial indicators for process control, and optimizing biotechnological processes or developing novel anaerobic bioprocesses.

Another focus of my research is the microbial ecology of contaminated aquifers. In particular I am interested in the identification of key organisms and syntrophic consortia thriving in anoxic groundwater habitats and the elucidation of anaerobic benzene degradation pathways.

Selected publications

Editorial Roles

Associate Editor Frontiers in Microbiology, Section Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation
Advisory Board of Energy, Sustainability and Society


  • African Journal of Microbiology Research
  • Anaerobe
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Applied Energy
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Archives of Microbiology
  • Biochemical Engineering Journal
  • Biodegradation
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioresource Technology
  • Biotechnology for Biofuels
  • Cytometry Part A
  • Chemosphere
  • Computational Biology and Chemistry
  • Dataset Papers in Ecology
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Engineering In Life Sciences
  • Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • European Food Research and Technology
  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • International Review of Hydrobiology
  • ISME Journal
  • Journal of Applied Phycology
  • Journal of Biotechnology
  • Journal of Environmental Management
  • Journal of Microbiological Methods
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Journal of Water and Health
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Microbial Cell Factories
  • Microbiological Research
  • Microbiology Insights
  • Microorganisms
  • mSphere
  • Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Water Research
  • World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Remote Reviewer for ERC, ANR, FCT, PtJ, FNR, DFG
  • Member of FCT Evaluation Panels 2012, 2015, 2018