RUB »Microbial Biology

Microbes dominate our planet. This enormous success is reflected in the versatility in primary and secondary metabolism that allows the acclimation of microorganisms to various ecological niches. Many of the responsible enzymes and pathways are not only of fundamental interest for basic research, but also attractive for biotechnological and medical applications.
The proposed Research Training Group “Microbial substrate conversion (MiCon)” aims at understanding the mechanistic principles of microbial metabolic processes at the molecular level. The enzymes and pathways under investigation are involved in the synthesis of small molecules like hydrogen, the biosynthesis, modification and degradation of lipids, and the production of secondary metabolites.
The participating researchers contribute a broad spectrum of microbiological, molecular biological, biochemical and biophysical techniques whose combination will gain comprehensive insights into the studied processes. A well-established network of internationally recognized principal investigators from various disciplines guarantees the success of the scientific programme. A comprehensive and structured qualification programme based on two local graduate schools is complemented by specific modules tailored to the interests of doctoral researchers in MiCon. It includes an internship in an academic or industrial group outside Bochum, and guaranties that early career researchers graduating from the RTG can build on a solid, yet individual education providing excellent qualifications to prevail in the competitive job market.

speaker

Prof. Dr. Franz Narberhaus

Ruhr University Bochum
Microbial Biology
Room: ND 06/783
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Tel.: +49 234 32 23100


Coordination

Dr. Simon Czolkoss

Ruhr University Bochum
Microbial Biology
Room: ND 06/786
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Tel.: +49 234 32 21750

Vice Speakers

Prof. Dr. Julia Bandow

Ruhr University Bochum
Applied Microbiology
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Room: ND 06/597
Tel.: +49 234 32 23102


Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe
Ruhr University Bochum
Photobiotechnology
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Room: ND 2/169
Tel: +49 234 32 27026