Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Sickel, Wiebke (MSc)

Wiebke Sickel

PhD student

 PhD completed in the MBD group January 2017.


I am interested in how microbial communities interact with their surroundings and hosts, especially higher organisms. I am looking at how the structure of a bacterial community changes with certain factors, for example between plant tissues, and how bacteria influence their environment/hosts and vice versa.

From the make up of microbial communities I am trying to draw conclusions on potential functional roles and to identify new potential symbiotic bacteria. I am also taking into account the presence of potential pathogens and how they might be controlled or suppressed by other members of the community.


2016[ to top ]
  • Bacterial Diversity and Community Structure in Two Bornean Nepenthes Species with Differences in Nitrogen Acquisition Strategies. Sickel, Wiebke; Grafe, T. Ulmar; Meuche, Ivonne; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Keller, Alexander. In Microbial Ecology, 71, bll 938–953. 2016.
  • DNA-Metabarcoding – ein neuer Blick auf organismische Diversität. Keller, Alexander; Grimmer, Gudrun; Sickel, Wiebke; Ankenbrand, Markus J. In BioSpektrum, 22, bll 147–150. 2016.
2015[ to top ]
  • Reptiles as reservoirs of bacterial infections: real threat or methodological bias?. Zancolli, Giulia; Mahsberg, Dieter; Sickel, Wiebke; Keller, Alexander. In Microbial Ecology, 70(3), bll 579–84. 2015.