New head of department at Leibniz Institute DSMZ

Biochemist Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal appointed head of Department of Services

Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal

On August 1st, Meina Neumann-Schaal was introduced as new head of the Department of Services at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony.

Doctor Neumann-Schaal, previously head of the Independent Junior Research Group Bacterial Metabolomics at the DSMZ, takes over the coordination of the extensive portfolio of scientific services that DSMZ offers to researchers worldwide. The DSMZ provides extensive microbiological, molecular biological and biochemical analyses. An overview of the available services can be found on the DSMZ website (https://www.dsmz.de/services). "We offer the scientific community a comprehensive portfolio of state-of-the-art services. We keep up with the times and adapt our analytical methods to the individual needs of our customers and the latest developments in this field." summarises the biochemist.
Research remains an integral part of Dr. Neumann-Schaal's daily work. With her working group Metabolomics she continues to investigate the metabolism of pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridioides difficile and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. "With our research we do not only achieve new insights in the field of bacterial metabolism, but also develop new methodological approaches for our customers. So to speak 'Science for Service & Service for Science'." states the scientist.

The 40-year-old is married and mother of two children. After studying biotechnology at the TU Braunschweig, Meina Neumann-Schaal received her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. After several years of research work there, she returned to the TU Braunschweig in 2013 and deepened her research focus in the field of microbial metabolomics. In August 2017, the scientist took over as head of the Independent Junior Research Group Bacterial Metabolomics at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ. She is a founding member of the German Society for Metabolomics Research and was elected Vice President of the Society in May 2019.

Press contact:
PhDr. Sven-David Müller, Head of Public Relations, Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH
Phone: ++49 (0)531/2616-300
Mail: press(at)dsmz.de

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