Bacteria, Archaea

Pathogenic bacteria
Important pathogens, fastidious, anaerobic or intracellular bacteria
Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Helicobacter, Campylobacter, Bordetella, Neisseria, Legionella, Pasteurella, Listeria, Bacteroides, Prevotella, Francisella, Borrelia, Leptospira, Treponema, Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Rickettsia

PD Dr. Sabine Gronow                                                                                 
Gram-negative bacteria
Aerobic and anaerobic Gram-negative bacteria: mainly Gammaproteobacteria such as Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas, Vibrio, Aeromonas, Comamonas, Thauera, Lysobacter, and Xanthomonas; Ammonium oxidizing bacteria and archaea; Myxobacteria; Xenobiotics degrading bacteria

Dr. Richard Hahnke
Underrepresented phyla
Corynebacterineae, Pseudonocardineae, Rhodobacteraceae, Acidobacteria, Elusimicrobia

Dr. Katharina Huber
Streptomycineae, Catenulisporineae, Micromonosporineae, Frankineae, Kineosporiineae, Streptosporangineae, Actinopolysporineae, GlycomycineaeJiangellineae

Dr. Imen Nouioui
Gram-positive bacteria
Aerobic, microaerophilic and obligate anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria: orders Bacillales, Bifidobacteriales, Lactobacillales, class Coriobacteriia; suborder Micrococcineae; families Propionibacteriaceae and Actinomycetaceae. Obligate anaerobic bacteria of the order Bacteroidales affiliated to Risk group 1; the microbial strain collection of the European Space Agency

Dr. Rüdiger Pukall
Cyanobacteria and protists
Cyanobacteria, diatoms, and protozoa

Dr. Silke Pradella
Archaea and extremophilic bacteria
Clostridia, methanogens, sulfate-reducers, hyperthermophiles and acidophiles

Dr. Stefan Spring
Halophilic and phototrophic bacteria
Halobacteriales, Thermococcaceae, Thermoplasma, Halanaerobiales, anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria, Thermales, Planctomycetales, Verrucomicrobia, nitrogen fixers, budding and appendaged bacteria, Cytophaga/Flavobacteria, methanotrophs, methylotrophs, Gram-negative marine, moderately and extremely halophilic bacteria

Dr. Brian Tindall
Filamentous bacteria and coordination of the identification services
Filamentous bacteria (e.g., Beggiatoa, Thiothrix, Flexibacter, Sphaerotilus) and Rhizobiales; coordination of the identification services

Dr. Susanne Verbarg



Fungi & Yeasts

identification and systematics of Fungi;
reference laboratory for indoor and foodborne fungi;
fungi with relevance to human health, aquatic fungi.
PD Dr. Christiane Baschien
Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Zygomycetes, OomycetesDr. Andrey Yurkov




all kinds of naturally occurring or genetically engineered plasmids within hosts, broad variety of phages from different habitats and for various hosts, E. coli mutants, test and host strains, medically relevant E. coli.Dr. Christine Rohde
E-mail: Christine.Rohde(at)
a broad variety of bacteriophages from different habitats and for various hosts, as well as phage genomics and phage applicationDr. Johannes Wittmann
E-mail: Johannes.Wittmann(at)


Plant Virus & Antisera

Plant virus and antisera                                                                                              Dr. Wulf Menzel



Human and Animal Cell Lines

Human and Animal Cell Lines                                                                Prof. Dr. Laura Steenpaß