Short CV/Education and training

    Born and raised in New York City, USA

  • 1976
    Abitur (A-levels), Helene Lange Gymnasium (grammar school), Wiesbaden, Germany

  • 1977 – 1981
    Student research assistant, Biological Institute Helgoland (BAH), Helgoland, Germany

  • 1981
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in biology, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1985
    Diplom degree in zoology, biochemistry, microbiology, University of Hamburg

  • 1985 – 1992
    Sponsor of foreign visitors to the Federal Republic of Germany through Inter Nationes (organisation funded by the Federal Foreign Office)

  • 1991 – 1993
    Research assistant at the University of Hamburg in European Community project 0044

  • 1992
    Doctorate in marine zoology, University of Hamburg

  • 1993 – 1995
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, MA, USA, in the National Science Foundation (NSF) project "Biogeography of Chemoautotrophic Symbioses in Marine Oligochaetes"

  • 1995 – 1996
    Research associate, University of Hamburg, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project "Hydrothermal fluid development and material balance in the North Fiji Basin"

  • 1997 – 2001
    Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM), DFG project, "Evolution of symbioses between chemoautotrophic bacteria and gutless marine worms"

  • Since 2001
    Director of the research group "Symbiosis" at the MPI-MM

  • 2002 – 2006
    Coordinator of the International Max Planck School of Marine Microbiology

  • 2004 – 2005
    Visiting professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France

  • since 2007
    Head of the Symbiosis Group (W2) at Max Planck Institute for Marine Mikrobiology

  • since 2012
    Professor for Microbial Symbioses at the University of Bremen

Selected publications

  • Dubilier, N. et al.: Symbiotic diversity in marine animals: the art of harnessing chemosynthesis. In: Nature Reviews Microbiology 6, 2008. pp. 725-740.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Independent research group "Symbiosis", since 2001

  • "Evolution of symbioses between chemoautotrophic bacteria and gutless marine worms", Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM), German Research Foundation (DFG) project, 1997 – 2001

  • "Hydrothermal fluid development and material balance in the North Fiji Basin", German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1995 – 1996

  • "Biogeography of Chemoautotrophic Symbioses in Marine Oligochaetes", National Science Foundation (NSF) project, Harvard University, MA, USA, 1993 – 1995

  • Adaptations of the marine oligochaete Tubificoides benedii to sulphide-rich sediments: Results from ecophysiological and morphological studies, doctoral project, 1992

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Society of Microbiology General Meeting Planning Committee, since 2010

  • Member of the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) / InterRidge Working Group 135: Hydrothermal Energy Transfer and its Impact on the Ocean Carbon Cycle, 2008

  • Board Member of MARUM, University of Bremen, since 2007

  • Steering Committee of European Census of Marine Life Regional Group, 2006 – 2008

  • Steering Committee of Census of Marine Life Project ChEss (Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems), 2006

  • Steering Committee of International Cooperation in Ridge-Crest Studies (InterRidge), since 2005

  • Chair of the Biology Working Group in InterRidge, 2005 – 2007

  • Councillor of the International Symbiosis Society, since 2003

Media coverage

  • Information on "Planet Wissen" about my research:

  • One hour documentary aired on WDR during the programm "Planet Wissen", 08.01.2015:

  • Documentary aired on the Bavarian television network during the programme "Faszination Wissen", 15 Jan. 2012: "Secrets of the deep sea – Expedition into eternal night"

  • Documentary aired on Germany's First television network during the programme "W wie Wissen", 23 Oct. 2011: "Following the trail of the black smokers"

  • Documentary on the television network Arte on 02 Sept. 2011: "Life at the limit"

  • Report on the ZDF television network's news programme "Heute Journal", 26 Aug. 2011, starting at minute 23:15: Programme for 26 August 2011

  • Documentary aired on the ZDF programme "Drehscheibe Deutschland", 21 April 2011: "Taking the census under water"

Additional qualifications

  • Native speaker of English

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • One son

  • Experience in collaborating with documentary film makers


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