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Comparative Microbiome Analysis

We are living in a microbial world … It is our aim to use the enormous functional power of microbiomes to improve planetary health.

We are living in a microbial world … It is our aim to use the enormous functional power of microbiomes to improve planetary health.

About our Research

The human microbiome is a key component for our health. It is strongly influenced by environmental microbiota, which interact with the microbiome of barrier organs like skin or respiratory system. As a consequence, the reduced microbial diversity in the environment, resulting from climate- and global change, strongly impacts human – environment interactions, resulting in an increase in environmental diseases and infections. According to the planetary health concept the prevention of such diseases requires strategies which increase biodiversity in the environment.

We identify key microbiota from the environment, which trigger our health, develop strategies to promote the abundance of those microbiota in urban and indoor environments and analyze consequences for our health.

Our Research Groups

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Human Microbiomes

We investigate the interactions of environmental- and human microbiomes of barrier organs including respiratory system and skin and define keystone species which determine human health

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Environmental Microbiomes

We study how climate- and global change impacts the environmental microbiome and develop mitigation strategies to increase microbial diversity for the prevention of human health.

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Scientists at COMI

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. agr. habil. Peter Schröder

Senior Scientist

B.Sc. Susanne Kublik

Scientist

Dr. Diana Andrade-Linares

Postdoc

Dr. Catarina Cruzeiro

Postdoc

Dr. Aaron Fox

Postdoc

Sarah Benning

PhD student

Sebastian Bibinger

PhD student

Kristina Bichler

PhD student

Akane Chiba

PhD student

Oluwaseun Ishola

PhD student

Catherine Kamau

PhD student

Nora Köller

PhD student

Julia Kurth

PhD student

Fatma Mahmoud

PhD student

Ruben Martinez

PhD student

Benoit Renaud Martins

PhD student

Stefanie Katharina Niedermaier

PhD student

Swanandee Nulkar

PhD student

Juliette Ohan

PhD student

Yuri Pinheiro Alves De Souza

PhD student

Roberto Siani

PhD student

Lisa Marie Streb

PhD student

Zhongjie Wang

PhD student

Michaela Blank

Laboratory Assistant -- Funded by the BMBF (www.bonares.de; project: µPlastic)

Cornelia Galonska

Laboratory Assistant -- Partly funded by the JPI water (www.waterjpi.eu; project: CONTACT www.aquacultures.info)

Gudrun Hufnagel

Laboratory Assistant -- Partly funded by the German Center for Lung Research (www.dzl.de)

Publications

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2022 Scientific Article in Nature ecology & evolution

Le Provost, G. ; Schenk, N.V. ; Penone, C. ; Thiele, J. ; Westphal, C. ; Allan, E. ; Ayasse, M. ; Blüthgen, N. ; Boeddinghaus, R.S. ; Boesing, A.L. ; Bolliger, R. ; Busch, V. ; Fischer, M. ; Gossner, M.M. ; Hölzel, N. ; Jung, K. ; Kandeler, E. ; Klaus, V.H. ; Kleinebecker, T. ; Leimer, S. ; Marhan, S. ; Morris, K.J. ; Müller, S. ; Neff, F. ; Neyret, M. ; Oelmann, Y. ; Perović, D.J. ; Peter, S.A. ; Prati, D. ; Rillig, M.C. ; Saiz, H. ; Schäfer, D. ; Scherer-Lorenzen, M. ; Schloter, M. ; Schöning, I. ; Schrumpf, M. ; Steckel, J. ; Steffan-Dewenter, I. ; Tschapka, M. ; Vogt, J. ; Weiner, C.N. ; Weisser, W. W. ; Wells, K. ; Werner, M. ; Wilcke, W. ; Manning, P.

The supply of multiple ecosystem services requires biodiversity across spatial scales.

2022 Review in Frontiers in Microbiology

Olmo, R. ; Wetzels, S.U. ; Armanhi, J.S.L. ; Arruda, P. ; Berg, G. ; Cernava, T. ; Cotter, P.D. ; Araujo, S.C. ; de Souza, R.S.C. ; Ferrocino, I. ; Frisvad, J.C. ; Georgalaki, M. ; Hansen, H.H. ; Kazou, M. ; Kiran, G.S. ; Kostic, T. ; Krauss-Etschmann, S. ; Kriaa, A. ; Lange, L. ; Maguin, E. ; Mitter, B. ; Nielsen, M.O. ; Olivares, M. ; Quijada, N.M. ; Romaní-Pérez, M. ; Sanz, Y. ; Schloter, M. ; Schmitt-Kopplin, P. ; Seaton, S.C. ; Selvin, J. ; Sessitsch, A. ; Wang, M. ; Zwirzitz, B. ; Selberherr, E. ; Wagner, M.

Microbiome research as an effective driver of success stories in agrifood systems – a selection of case studies.

Contact

Dr. Barbara Stempfhuber

Scientific Assistant

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Martina Kuhnert

Secretary

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