Judit Laufer


Judit Laufer
PhD Student

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Microbial Interaction Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1377


CV / Scientific Career

since July 2017

PhD student
in the project P3: People, Pollution and Pathogens  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig, Department of Environmental Microbiology

2013 - 2016

Technical assistant
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg, Institute of Landscape Biogeochemistry

2010 - 2013

Master of Science (BioGeoSciences)
University Jena
Master thesis: The effect of biochar on soil microbial biomass and carbon and nitrogen cycling: a greenhouse experiment   –   at Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Department Biogeochemical Processes

2010 - 2012

Student assistant
Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena

2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Science (BioGeoSciences)
University Jena
Bachelor thesis: Digital maps of soil pollution maps in the region Könitz-Goßwitz, Thuringia, Germany.

Research interests

My work focusses on the microbial community composition and interactions between bacteria, micro-eukaryotes and fungi in high mountain lake ecosystems. Correlations between the environmental microbiome characteristics and the presence of emerging amphibian pathogens (Ranavirus and the fungus Batrachochytrium dentrobatitis, primarily responsible for the worldwide decline of amphibian populations), are expected and will be studied in relation to aspects of environmental change, biotic and abiotic factors. The overall aim of the P3-project "People, Pollution, Pathogens" is to establish mountains as sentinels of change. Here you find the Project-webpage including a blog: https://www.p3mountains.org/


Thuille A., Laufer J., Höhl C., Gleixner G.: Carbon quality affects the
nitrogen partitioning between plants and soil microorganisms.
Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Vol. 81, Feb. 2015, S. 266-274.