ABOUT ME

My research focuses on various aspects of molecular microbiology, with an emphasis on the diverse and complex interactions between bacteria, between bacteria and a eukaryotic host, and between bacteria and bacteriophages. My current research includes the investigation of microbial interactions in marine and terrestrial habitats with regard to their ecological function and effects on ecosystems  (influence on food chains, adaptation, nutrient cycles).

I combine metagenomic and cultivation-dependent approaches in order to discover biotechnologically relevant bioactive molecules. My methodological expertise lies in the areas of functional metagenomics and the cultivation of microorganisms. A great strength of my research is the intensive combination of basic and application-oriented research. 

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Inhibition of biofilms with quorum quenching molecules

Bacteriophages - key players in microbiomes

and an alternative to antibiotics

Host-microbe interactions

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EDUCATION

2021

PostDoc qualification (habilitation)

venia legendi for microbiology

Kiel University

2006 - 2010

Ph.D. Microbiology (magna cum laude)

Kiel University

2000 - 2006

Diploma Biology (cell biology and genetics, microbiology, toxicology) 

Kiel University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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since 2021

Private Lecturer (PD) and project/group leader (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit)

Institute of General Microbiology

Kiel University

2017 - 2021

Research associate (habilitand, project leader) 

Institute of General Microbiology (Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit)

Kiel University

2014 - 2017

Research associate (independent position with own research project within the DFG Excellence Initiative “The Future Ocean”)

Kiel University

2010 - 2014

Research Associate (Postdoc)

Institute of General Microbiology (Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit)

Kiel University

2006 - 2010

Research Associate (Ph.D.)

Institute of General Microbiology (Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit)

Kiel University

2006

Assistant (project-related lab work)

Kiel University

2003 - 2005

Student assistant (practical course preparation and supervision)

Kiel University

TEACHING

Undergraduate
Theses

BSc theses 

7 independently supervised

5 in Co-supervision with Prof. Dr.Schmitz-Streit

 

MSc theses

1 independently supervised

3 in Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit

 

Diploma theses

3 in Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit

 

Ph.D. theses

6 in Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Schmitz-Streit 

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“Grundlagen der marinen Mikrobiologie” (module with lectures,
practical exercises and excursions)

 

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"Kommunikation der Wissenschaft" (small group project introducing scientific writing, giving talks, and creating posters)

 

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"Vernetzungsmodul" (small group project to repeat and link the contents of selected BSc modules, development of a research project within an overarching topic)

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Hands-on training "Methoden der Mikrobiologie", part "Quorum sensing"

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Hands-on training "Genetik und Mikrobiologie", part "Genetischer Austausch zwischen Mikroorganismen"

Academic self-administration

since 2021

Equal opportunity commissioner at Faculty of Math. and Nat. Sciences, Kiel University

2021

Member of appeal committee W1 professorship „Mikrobielle Ozeanographie“, Kiel University

2018

Member of appeal committee W3 professorship „Biochemie und Mikrobielle Physiologie“, Kiel University

2017 - 2018

Representative Central Committee for Research and Research Transfer at Kiel University

2016 - 2018

Representative Central Committee for University Principles and at Kiel University

2016 - 2018

Representative Central Studies Committee at Kiel University

2012

Member of appeal committee W2 professorship „Theoretische Biologie“

2010 - 2012

Committee member Faculty Biology, Kiel University

Reviewing activities

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Memberships

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