Martina Adamek studied environmental sciences at Bielefeld University, where she decided to focus on the fields of Microbiology and Biotechnology. She finished her diploma thesis in the Proteome and Metabolome research group at Bielefeld University, where she worked on the biosynthesis of Xanthan gum in Xanthomonas camperstris pv. campestris. For her PhD she moved to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Microbiology on Natural and Technical Interfaces (IFG) where she investigated the diversity within the opportunistic pathogenic bacterial species Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and was able to find novel candidate virulence genes of S. maltophilia using comparative genomics. After finishing her PhD she worked as a Postdoc at the University of Heidelberg, Institute of Immunology, developing diverse PCR applications for the use in clinical routine. Her interest in Microbiology brought her to Tuebingen, where her current research is directed at investigating the mechanisms and the evolutionary processes involved in creating the variety of bacterial natural products.
Helena Sales-Ortells graduated from the University of Valencia (Spain) in Food Science and Technology in 2008. She conducted her PhD in water microbiology and health in KWR Watercycle Research Institute and Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Since August 2015 she is part of the Ziemert lab, where she is studying the distribution of secondary metabolite gene clusters in soil. She is interested in the effect of soil characteristics and weather conditions on bacterial communities diversity and their biosynthetic capacity.
Mohammad Alanjary finished his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) before moving to an enterprising gene sequencing company, Ion Torrent; There he aided in the launch of the first commercial semi-conductor gene sequencing platform and developed several image analysis procedures for the optimization of sequencing performance. His interest in programming new analysis methods to deal with the overwhelming genomic tsunami of today led him here to work on his PhD. Currently he aims to build an analysis pipeline to determine novel antibiotic resistant genes and help prioritize natural product discovery.
Daniel Männle completed his Bachelor’s degree in Geoecology at the University of Tuebingen with focus on Microbial Ecology and Geomicrobiology. During his time as BSc. student, he went to the University of Queensland, Australia for further studies on Microbial Diversity and Biotechnology. Driven by his interest, he completed his MSc. in Microbiology at the University of Tuebingen in the workgroup of Prof. Dr. Wohlleben on the topic “Localization of plasmid DNA in Streptomyces lividans by Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH)”. Besides his studies, he worked at the biopharmaceutical company immatics biotechnologies GmbH, where he was involved in developing advanced immunotherapies against cancer. Since November 2015 he works as a PhD student in both the work group Synthetic Biology of Anti-infective Agents in the Pharmaceutical Biology (Pharmaceutical Institute) and the work group Applied Natural Products Genome Mining (Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine). He is interested in genome mining of bacterial secondary metabolite gene clusters by investigation of the vast potential of available microbial genomic data. With heterologous expression of candidate gene clusters in Streptomyces and downstream analytical analysis, he wants to discover new natural products and derivatives with potential antibacterial or antitumoral activity
Timo Negri studied Biosciences at the Heidelberg University and finished his Bachelor thesis in the field of Glycolbiology at the Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg. During his Bachelor studies he became interested in the world of microorganisms and therefore decided to conduct his Master studies in Microbiology at the University of Tuebingen. He completed his Master’s degree in the research group of Applied Natural Products Genome Mining, where he investigated different soil types for their microbial natural product biosynthetic potential. Fascinated by the great diversity of natural products, he decided to continue his work as a PhD student. He is interested in investigating and accessing the true microbial biosynthetic capacity of promising soil types. Using culture independent metagenomic approaches he aims at identifying new secondary metabolites with potential therapeutic application from soil metagenomes.