Research Group Lorenz Adrian

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Electron micrograph of strain CBDB1
We focus on the investigation of molecular aspects of anoxic microbial processes and how such processes can contribute to match human demands. Human demands can be a clean environment (surface water, ground water, sediments and soils), energy-efficient production processes, waste water treatment (anaerobic digestion, Anammox) or production of fuels (biogas, butane). We understand this as Biotechnology at different Technology Readiness Levels where we mostly work on levels 1-4 (5). In addition we want to find out how and to what extend anoxic processes were involved in the generation and evolution of life and how they are contributing to natural and artificial matter cycles.

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


PhD students:

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, NIGEB, Uni Tehran, Iran)
  • Jan Birkigt (Dr. Nijenhuis, UFZ)
  • Shangwei Zhang (Prof. Schüürmann, UFZ)

Undergraduate Students:

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



  • 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
  • Philipp Walter
  • Lis Algora
  • Matthias Sackel
  • Onyinye Okonkwo
  • Alba Trueba Santiso
  • Dr. Ernest Marco-Urrea
  • Dr. Kenneth Wasmund
  • Prof. Jeff Wilkesmann
  • Dr. Liliana Kurz
  • Jan Traulsen
  • Dr. Siti Mortan        
  • Christian Schipp
  • Dr. Jianqiang 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