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.
DNA-Metabarcoding – ein neuer Blick auf organismische Diversität. in BioSpektrum (2016). 22 147–150.
Bacterial Diversity and Community Structure in Two Bornean Nepenthes Species with Differences in Nitrogen Acquisition Strategies. in Microbial Ecology (2016). 71 938–953.
Reptiles as reservoirs of bacterial infections: real threat or methodological bias?. in Microbial Ecology (2015). 70(3) 579–84.