Laura Schwab 


Laura Schwab
PhD student
Aquifer Biogeochemistry Group

Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

+49 341235 1418
+49 341235 1340

Laura Schwab


To reach governmental goals of reduced climate gas exhaust, technologies for improving the production, storage and distribution of renewable energies are necessary. An example is underground storage of hydrogen (H2) gas or hydrogen-methane (H2-CH4) gas mixtures, which can be produced with excessive renewable energies (Power-to-Gas). Salt caverns have excellent geochemical properties to serve as a short- and long-term underground storage for gases. However, the potential oxidation of stored H2 by lithoautotrophic microorganisms is an important but less studied aspect which is investigated within the HYPOS project H2-UGS. The risk assessment for microbiological processes during H2 storage in salt caverns is covered within this PhD project and in cooperation with Isodect GmbH, Leipzig, and MicroPro GmbH, Gommern.
It is assumed that indigenous sulfate-reducing microorganisms oxidize available H2, and with that produce H2S and other sulfur compounds which in turn lead to corrosion of facility infrastructure and pollution of the gases stored.
The aim of the PhD project is to analyze the microbial community originating from salt caverns. Due to the fact that these storage facilities are artificial and their usage as a gas storage only evolved in recent decades, not much research has been done on microbial structure-function-relationships thereof.

To investigate these microbial communities we study enrichment and pure cultures with stable-isotope probing (SIP, nanoSIMS, ICPMS) and next-generation sequencing technologies.


If you are interested in doing an internship or thesis project, please send your application including CV, earliest starting date and topic of interest via Email. 

Curriculum Vitae

Since 01/2019

Phd student

10 - 12/2019

Scientific-technical Assistant
Electrobiotechnology group, UFZ, Leipzig

10/2016 - 09/2018

M.Sc. Biochemistry
University of Leipzig
Thesis: Current in the gut?: baseline investigation on the interaction of electroactive intestinal bacteria Electrobiotechnology group, UFZ Leipzig

9/2017 - 1/2018

Functional metamining of the human gut microbiome
Reunanen Group, University of Oulu, Finland

4/2015 - 9/2016

Scientific-technical Assistant
Molecular biology of cardiovascular diseases
German Heart Centre, Munich

10/2014 - 3/2015

Scientific-technical Assistant
Biocide restistance in microbial pathogens
Bioanalyitcs, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Coburg

10/2010 - 9/2014

B.Sc. Bioanalytics
University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Coburg, Germany


2022 (2)

2021 (1)

2019 (1)