Dr. Thomas R. Neu

Contact/Address

Dr. Thomas R. Neu
Head of Group -
Microbiology of Interfaces

Department River Ecology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brueckstrasse 3A
39114 Magdeburg
Germany

Tel: +49 391 8109 800
Fax: +49 391 8109 150
thomas.neu@ufz.de


CV / Scientific Career

1976 - 1981

Basic and advanced study in biology and microbiology
University of Tübingen, Germany

1982 - 1983

Practical research and thesis (Diploma)
Institute Microbiology I, University of Tübingen, Germany (H. Zähner, K. Poralla)

1983 - 1987

Practical research and thesis (PhD)
Institute Microbiology I, University of Tübingen, Germany (H. Zähner, K. Poralla)
Max-Planck-Institute for Immune Biology, Freiburg, Germany (K. Jann)
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany (W. Burchard)

1987 - 1990

Postdoctoral research
School of Microbiology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (K. C. Marshall)

1991 - 1993

Temporary research position
Materia Technica, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (H. J. Busscher)

since 1993

Permanent research position
Head of group: Microbiology of Interfaces
Department of River Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


Research interests

My research is focused on the microbial ecology of interfaces. Microbial communities associated with interfaces, so-called biofilm systems, have a key function in the cycling of organic and inorganic, natural and man-made compounds. Biofilm systems are composed of cellular and polymeric constituents and maybe either stationary (bio-films) or mobile (bio-aggregates). In such systems, archae, bacteria and eucaryotic microorganisms represent a specific physiological potential, whereas the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) act as multifunctional elements. Biofilms are of significance in environmental, technical and medical systems. Within the current research projects the structure and function of biofilms and biofilm processes at a variety of interfaces is investigated. Furthermore, biofilms are studied in order to take advantage of this natural microbiological principle for applied biofilm technologies.