• DoME participates in KinderUni 2015


    Members of the Woebken Group hosted a workshop entitled "What would the world look like without microbes?".  This workshop hosted children from 7-12 years of age and was aimed to illustrate the importance of microbes such as in soil, ...

  • DoME at the pine mountains


    The DoME team explored the pine mountains around Kaltenleutgeben including some hidden caves, the Kugelwiese, as well as an observation tower.

  • Retreat of the Research Network "Chemistry meets Microbiology"


    Members of the Research Network "Chemistry meets Microbiology" (cmm), a joint initiative of the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science and the Faculty of Chemistry, met for a first retreat at Schloß Mauerbach. The status of joint projects, common research interests, ...

  • Dr. rer. nat. Albert Müller


    Albert successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Microbial biogeography, carbon degradation, and temperature adaptation: Insights from ecological studies of sulfate-reducing microorganisms in marine sediments". The board of examiners included Ian Head (Newcastle University, UK), Andreas Schramm (Aarhus University, Denmark), ...

  • Relaunch of our website


    The DoME website has been redesigned by pion. The responsive webdesign now also offers optimized views on tablets and smart phones.

  • Dagmar Woebken a member of The Young Academy of the OeAW


    Dr. Dagmar Woebken was elected as a new member of The Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations, Dagmar!

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  • No phylogenetic evidence for ménage à trois at origin of plants


    Primary plastids descend from the cyanobacterial endosymbiont of an ancient eukaryotic host, but the initial selective drivers that stabilized the association between these two cells are still unclear. According to the ménage à trois hypothesis, chlamydiae have facilitated the establishment of the ...

  • Research Network Chemistry meets Microbiology

    Research Network "Chemistry meets Microbiology"


    Members of the Faculty of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science teamed up for a novel transdisciplinary research unit. The Research Network "Chemistry meets Microbiology" (cmm) serves as nucleus to foster the research initiatives Microbiome Ecology and ...

  • New FWF Project for David Berry


    David Berry received funding for a new project from the Austrian Science Fund. David will investigate "Eco-evolutionary processes in gut Bacteroides​".

  • Two new Marie Curie Fellowships


    DoME congratulates Cecilia Wentrup and Fatima Pereira on their Marie Curie Fellowships. Fatima will work with David Berry on her project "Competition between the enteric pathogen Clostridium difficile and the commensal members of the gut microbiota for mucosal sugars (MUCDIFF)". ...

  • 13. Deutscher Chlamydien Workshop in Vienna


    This year the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science hosts the 13. German Chlamydia Workshop, an annual meeting on all aspects of chlamydia research, from basic science to clinical research, diagnostics and therapy. The workshop will take place from February ...

  • WWTF Vienna Research Group for Young Investigators: Jillian Petersen joins DoME


    Jillian Petersen (currently at the MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen) has received a prestiguous WWTF Vienna Research Group for Young Investigators grant. The WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) funds excellent young researchers to establish independent research groups at Austrian ...

  • Raman cell sorting

    PNAS: Hunting and sorting active microbes with heavy water


    Deuterium from heavy water is incorporated into the biomass of active microbial cells. An international team led by Michael Wagner and David Berry now shows that this feature can be exploited for identification of individual active microbial cells in complex ...

  • Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Penz


    Thomas successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Genomic insights into molecular interactions of two Bacteroidetes symbionts with their eukaryotic hosts". The board of examiners included Claudio Bandi (University of Milan), Wolfgang Miller (Medical University Vienna), and Matthias Horn. Congratulations!

  • ERC Starting Grant for Dagmar Woebken


    Dagmar Woebken has received an ERC Starting Grant for her project "Revealing the function of dormant soil microorganisms and the cues for their awakening". This is the third ERC grant for a current member of DoME. Congratulations!

  • Dr. rer. nat. Ilias Lagkouvardos


    Ilias successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Evolutionary history and phylogenetic diversity of Chlamydiae". The board of examiners included Julia Walochnik (Medical University Vienna), Christa Schleper, and Alexander Loy. Congratulations!

  • SM1 Euryarchaeon

    Nature Communications: Biology of a widespread uncultivated archaeon


    In an international collaboration led by a team at the University of Regensburg, Markus Schmid, Arno Schintlmeister, and Michael Wagner contributed Raman microspectroscopy and NanoSIMS analyses to comprehensively characterize a representative member of the SM1 Euryarchaeon lineage, an uncultivated, yet ...

  • New paper in Science


    Nitrospira are the key nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in most natural habitats and wastewater treatment plants. So far, they were considered as metabolically specialized and their presence was commonly associated with nitrification. Hanna Koch, Holger Daims, and a team of researchers from ...

  • Michael Wagner highly cited

    Michael Wagner recognized as Highly Cited Researcher in Microbiology


    Thomson Reuters has generated in 2014 a new list of Highly Cited Researchers in the sciences and social sciences. In total 114 microbiologists earned this distinction. Among them less than 30 are working in Europe and Michael is one of ...

  • New paper in The ISME Journal


    N2 fixation is an important process in photosynthetic microbial mats, but the contribution of different diazotrophs is still poorly understood. In an international collaboration, Dagmar Woebken, Faris Behnam, Arno Schintlmeister, and Michael Wagner showed that the cyanobacterium Lyngbya spp. is ...

  • Dr. rer. nat. Jan Dolinsek


    Jan successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Novel molecular tools for microbial ecology: development and application to decipher trophic structures of nitrifying communities". The board of examiners included Edouard Jurkevitch, Martin Wagner, and Holger Daims. Congratulations!

  • Video feature: Dagmar Woebken on the trail of microbes


    Dagmar talks about her research in this University of Vienna video feature (in German).

  • Austrian microbiology prize for David Berry


    David was awarded the prize from the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventative Medicine (ÖGHMP) in recognition of a study he performed together with Alexander Loy and colleagues from the Medical University of Vienna. In the study, which was ...

  • Focus of Excellence Award for Dagmar Woebken


    The Focus of Excellence Award of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna is granted annualy to promote young research scientists. DoME's group leader Dagmar Woebken received this year's award for her work on diazotrophy and cellulose ...

  • Craig Herbold

    Welcome, Craig!


    DoME welcomes Dr. Craig Herbold. Craig was a postdoc at the University of Waikato (NZ), a research affiliate at the Joint Genome Institute and is now senior scientist for bioinformatics at DoME.