Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990 – 1996
    Studied at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and at the University of Boulder, CO, USA

  • 1996
    Diplom degree in microbiology, biochemistry, botany and organic chemistry

  • 1999
    Doctorate in biochemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002
    Postdoc, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis, USA

  • 2003 – 2005
    Head of a German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether junior research group at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

  • 2005
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in microbiology

  • 2006 – 2014
    W2 professor of the physiology of microorganisms at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Since 2014
    W3 professor of microbiology at TU Kaiserslautern

Selected publications

  • Wiethaus, J. et al.: CpeS is a lyase specific for attachment of 3Z-PEB to Cys82 of beta-phycoerythrin from Prochlorococcus marinus MED4. In: J. Biol. Chem. 285, 2010. pp. 37561-37569.

  • Gisk, B. et al.: Enzymatic ring opening of an iron corrole by plant heme oxygenases: Unexpected substrate and protein selectivities. In: Biochemistry 49, 2010. pp. 10042-10044.

  • Gisk, B. et al.: Characterisation of the haem oxygenase protein family in Arabidopsis thaliana reveals a diversity of functions. In: Biochem J. 425, 2010. pp. 425-434.

  • Brandt, S. et al.: The fungal phytochrome FphA from Aspergillus nidulans. In: J. Biol. Chem. 283, 2008. pp. 34605-34614.

  • Dammeyer, T., Hofmann, E., Frankenberg-Dinkel, N.: Phycoerythrobilin synthase (PebS) of a marine virus: Crystal structure of the biliverdin-complex and the substrate free form. In: J. Biol. Chem. 283, 2008. pp. 27547-27554.

  • Dammeyer, T. et al.: Efficient phage-mediated pigment biosynthesis in oceanic cyanobacteria. In: Curr. Biol.18, 2008. pp. 442-448.

  • Barkovits, K. et al.: Expression of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa phytochrome operon is dependent on the alternative sigma factor RpoS. In: FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 280, 2008. pp. 160-168.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

  • American Society for Microbiology

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Tetrapyrrole Discussion Group

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

Additional qualifications

  • Editorial board member, Journal of Biological Chemistry (2010-2015)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • two children


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