Fungal Molecular Ecology & Biotechnology

  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed publications

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  • Curriculum vitae

    2018 International Mycological Congress in Puerto Rico (poster)
    2017 ESA Annual Conference at Portland USA (talk)
    2015 Mycological Society of America, Annual Conference, Edmonton Canada (poster)

    February 2012
    DOE Genomic Science Program, Bethesda, MA; poster co-author
    April 2011
    Ecology of Soil Microorganisms, Prag, Czech Republic
    August 2010
    International Mycological Congress - IMC9, Edinburgh, Scotland; talk
    June 2010
    OxiZymes, Leipzig, Germany; talk
    May 2010
    Yeasterday 2010, Leuven, Belgium; talk

    Working as Senior Scientist and Teacher at the Department of Environmental Biotechnology, International Graduate School (IHI) Zittau (Germany) now Institute of the Technical University Dresden

    December 2008 - November 2010
    Working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Micheline Vandenbol at the Department of Microbiology of the Animal and Microbial Biology Unit at the FUSAGx - Agricultural University of Gembloux, now: Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT), part of University of Liege (Belgium).

    September 2007 - November 2008
    Working as Research Associate and later as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PostDoc) at different projects in the Soil Research Group of Prof. Donald R. Zak of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan (USA).

    November 2007
    Finishing of my PhD thesis at University of Leipzig and the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Halle-Leipzig GmbH, Department of Soil Ecology. The topic was embedded in the DFG joined research program SPP 1090 "Soils as source and sink for CO2".

    June 2003
    Diploma degree in Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (Germany).

    Two semesters at Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki (Greece) supported by the ERASMUS program.

    Work and education

    Participation in conferences

  • Research interest

    I am interested in fungal molecular biology and soil ecology. My research field is mainly focused on fungi and less on bacteria. I aim to get a closer view on functions within soils using transcriptomic and proteomic techniques. Hereby I focus on fungal enzymes mainly involved in the degradation of lignocellulose, which is the most abundand biopolymer on earth. I work also on genes involved in nitrogen and phosphate cycling in soil. A main question is how fungi shape with their enzymatic sets the soil environment and finally whole ecosystems. In which biogeochemical cycles are specific fungal groups involved, and when and “how much” are they active?

    General interest


    My recent interests are omics technologies, mainly NGS and bioinformatics. At Zittau we have a Molecular Lab including: IonS5 & IonChef, Covaris S2, Inverse Microscope, PCR, Geldocumentation, Elektrophoresis. sterile Workbench, Oxfort Nanopore MinION.

    Olympus IX50

    Inverse Microscope

    Ion Torrent - semiconductor sequencing platform, retired 2017; successor: IonS5


    Covaris S2


I am a senior scientist at the IHI Zittau and teaching the courses Molecular Biology (i.e. “Applied Bioinformatics”) and Spezielle Aspekte der Botanik (i.e. “Botany for Biotechs”).


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