Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sara Kleindienst

Emmy Noether Research Group Leader


Universität Tübingen
Angewandte Geowissenschaften
Schnarrenbergstr. 94 - 96
72076 Tübingen

Office: Room 6U30, Schnarrenbergstr. 94 - 96

Phone: +49-(0)7071-29-74701

Email: sara.kleindienstspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Education and Professional Background

Since 2017
Junior Professor & Emmy Noether Research Group Leader

Microbial Ecology University of Tübingen, Tübingen (Germany)

2015 - 2017
Head of the Microbial Ecology Group

Junior Research Group Leader in the Geomicrobiology Group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Kappler University of Tübingen, Tübingen (Germany)

2013 - 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Group of Prof. Dr. Frank Loeffler Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, Oak Ridge, TN (USA) and University of Tennessee, Department of Microbiology, Knoxville, TN (USA)

2012 - 2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Group of Prof. Dr. Samantha Joye University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences, Athens, GA (USA)

Dr. rer. nat.

University of Bremen (Germany) Thesis: Hydrocarbon-degrading sulfate-reducing bacteria at marine gas and oil seeps

2011 - 2013
Teaching Assistant

Microbial Diversity Course Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (USA)

2008 - 2012
PhD Student

Molecular Ecology Group of Prof. Dr. Rudolf Amann International Max-Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology, Bremen (Germany)

Research Assistant

Paleomicrobiology Group of Prof. Dr. Heribert Cypionka Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Oldenburg (Germany)


Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) Thesis: Combination of microcalorimetry and rRNA-based stable-isotope probing to identify active microorganisms from tidal-flat sediments

2005 - 2006
Student Assistant

Paleomicrobiology Group of Prof. Dr. Heribert Cypionka ICBM, Oldenburg (Germany)

2002 - 2008
Diploma Studies of Biology

Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)

Main Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology of Pelagic, Benthic and Freshwater Aquifer Communities
  • Identification of Microbial Key Players
  • Microbial Degradation of Hydrocarbons and Chlorinated Solvents
  • Environments Impacted by Natural and Anthropogenic Contaminants
  • Microbial Oxidation of Fe(II) under Microoxic and Anoxic Conditions

Fellowships and Awards

  • German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether Program - An Accelerated Path to Professorship
  • Fellowship of AcademiaNet - The Expert Database of Outstanding Women in Academia
  • Robert Bosch Foundation's Fast Track Program for Outstanding Women in Science
  • Baden-Württemberg Foundation's Elite Program for Postdocs for Leading Early Career Researchers
  • Research Scholars: Marine Biological Laboratory's Microbial Diversity Course, Woods Hole, USA

Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals and Books

  • Nature Microbiology
  • The ISME Journal
  • Scientific Reports
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Springer Publishing