"There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science"
Our research tries to bring knowledge from the lab to the computer and back. The focus lies on the generation and utilisation of nucleic acid data. This is applied to quit diverse fields such as
- research in the field of biogas production and ecological stoichiometry.
- development of experimental and computational enabling technologies and tools to facilitate biotechnological utilization of microorganisms.
- integration, modelling, visualisation, and simulation of genomic metadata.
- analysis of genetic diversity and dynamics.
Eine deutschsprachige Zusammenfassung ist hier zu finden.
- The following scheme gives an overview on current research activities:
Bio-Composition of Aerosols
In-door farming results in concentrated aerosols and exhaust air. This may lead to high local concentrations of pathogenic microorganisms or spores. The goal is to develop novel techniques that help to identify these quickly.
- PhD project of Robert Leidenfrost
- in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Michael Göttfert, TU Dresden; PD Dr. Udo Jäckel, Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Berlin; Dr. Henriette Mietke, Staatliche Betriebsgesellschaft für Umwelt und Landwirtschaft, Nossen
Bees in agroecosystems are important pollinators for many crops. We investigate the diversity of pollen sources and resulting effect on honey bee and bumble bee behaviour.
in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Catrin Westphal et al., University Göttingen
Hereditary Diseases in Sheep-Poodle
The living sheep-poodle population in Germany has a size of around 150 individuals. This increases the risk of inbreeding effects. Together with breeders we try to identify potential hereditary diseases.
in cooperation with breeders Nina Borzner, Marburg and Mechthild Jennissen-Tibbe, Oberseifersdorf
- see Schafpudel
Hydrogen Producing Bacteria
Hydrogen is a powerful and carbon-free energy carrier. It can be produced from water or organic substrates by sunlight powered bacteria. On the basis of genetic strain variations and resulting transcriptome activities we analyse the hydrogen producing capabilities of purple and cyanobacteria.
research project of Nadine Wappler
Classification of Pathogenic Bacteria
Tularemia is a disease that is severe and can be transmitted between humans to animals. Together with the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute we develop a fast, nucleic acid-based classification system for the disease causing sero-strains.
in cooperation with PD Dr. Herbert Tomaso et al., Friedrich-Löffler-Institut Jena
Data Integration, Modelling and Visualisation
High-throughput technologies in the field of metabolite, protein and nucleic acid analytics leads to large inter-connected datasets. The goal is to develop a platform to integrate and visualise these data and facilitate modelling and simulations.
- research project of Gabriel Kind
- in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Javier F. Urchueguía Schölzel et al., UP Valencia
Methane is a well established energy carrier that can be generated from organic waste. The goal is to gain understanding of the dynamics of the transcriptome in anaerobic digesters. The obtained data shall facilitate modelling of the process, in particular with respect to changing substrates, in order to optimise methane production.
- research project of Lucy Löser (formerly Stark)
- in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Hauke Harms, Uni Leipzig
- A list of all current group members can be found here.