Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1989
    Studied biology, Marburg University, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Doctorate, Marburg University

  • 1993
    Postdoc, Marburg University

  • 1994 – 1996
    Postdoc, UC Berkeley, CA, USA, Molecular Cell Biology

  • 1996 – 2004
    Head of a research group, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • Since 2004
    C4 professorship at Kiel University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Veit, K., Ehlers, C., Schmitz, R.A.: Effects of nitrogen and carbon sources on transcription of soluble methyltransferases in Methanosarcina mazei strain Gö1. In: J. Bacteriology 187, 2005. pp. 6147-6154.

  • Thummer, R., Klimmek, O., Schmitz, R.A.: Biochemical Studies of Klebsiella pneumoniae NifL Reduction Using Reconstituted Partial Anaerobic Respiratory Chains of Wolinella succinogenes. In: J Biol. Chem. 282(17), 2007. pp. 12517-12526.

  • Weidenbach, K. et al.: Deletion of the archaeal histone in Methanosarcina mazei Gö1 results in reduced growth and genomic transcription. In: Mol. Microbiol. 67(3), 2008. pp. 662-671.

  • Jäger, D. et al.: Deep sequencing analysis of the Methanosarcina mazei Gö1 transcriptome in response to nitrogen availability. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106(51), 2009. pp. 21878-21782.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Sensitivity of oceanic biological nitrogen fixation to changes in dissolved oxygen

  • Construction of environmental libraries and screening for acquired abilities of the resulting recombinant organisms

  • The innate immune system encountering methanogenic archaea and microbial consortia

  • Molecular and biochemical characterization of the nitrogen regulatory network in Methanosarcina mazei

  • Regulation of nitrogen fixation in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) panel on biochemistry, genetics and microbiology

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Married with one daughter


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