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Graduated Doctoral Researchers

Su Ding

Dr. Su Ding (associated)


Former project: A02
Supervisor: Gerd Gleixner (MPI-BGC Jena)

PhD thesis: "Biogeochemical importance of membrane lipids for ecosystem research"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands

Patricia Geesink

Dr. Patricia Geesink (associated)


Former project: A03
Supervisor: Kirsten Küsel

PhD thesis: "Interactions and metabolic potential of groundwater microorganisms"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher Laboratory of Microbiology, WUR,
 Wageningen, Netherlands

Nawras Ghanem

Dr. Nawras Ghanem


Former project: A01

Supervisor: Lukas Y. Wick (UFZ Leipzig)

PhD thesis: "Phages as vectors and indicators of biological information in the Earth's Critical Zone (PHAGE)"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher at UFZ Leipzig

Tobias Jochum

Dr. Tobias Jochum 


Former project: B03

Supervisor: Torsten Frosch (IPHT Jena)

PhD thesis: "Highly sensitive Raman spectroscopy of biogenic gases"

Current: Flexim GmbH in Berlin.

Swanatar Kumar

Dr. Swatantar Kumar (associated) 


Former project: A03

Supervisor: Kirsten Küsel, Martina Herrmann (FSU Jena)

PhD thesis: "Elucidation of the Microbial Nitrogen Cycle in the Subsurface - Key Microbial Players and Processes"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher at the Biological Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA  99352 USA

Katharina Reichel

Dr. Katharina Lehmann


Former Project: C03

Supervisor: Kai Uwe Totsche (FSU Jena)

PhD thesis: "Tracking the release, transport, and transformation of soil-borne colloids"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher in project C05 in the CRC AquaDiva, Jena

ali nawaz

Dr. Ali Nawaz

2019 (summa cum laude)

Former Project: A03

Supervisors: François Buscot, Tesfaye Wubet (UFZ Halle)

PhD thesis: "Microbiome of the terrestrial subsurface aquifer system in the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher at Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, TU Munich

Martin Nowak

Dr. Martin Nowak (associated) 


Former project: B03

Supervisor: Susan Trumbore (MPI-BGC Jena)

PhD thesis: "The role of microbial CO2 fixation for belowground carbon cycling and its influence on carbon isotopic signatures"

Current: Data Scientist at dotSource GmbH, Jena

Carsten Simon

Dr. Carsten Simon  (associated)


Former project: A02
Supervisors: Gerd Gleixner (MPI-BGC Jena)

PhD thesis: "Identification of ecosystem-specific markers in terrestrial dissolved organic matter (DOM) by Orbitrap mass spectrometry"

Current: Postdoctoral researcher at AG Winkel, Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry, Institute fro Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Former Scientists

Dr. Thomas Behrendt

Former project: B03 (group Prof. Trumbore, MPI-BGC Jena)

Current: Postdoctoral researcher in Australia

Nicolas Dalla Valle

Former project: B02 (group Prof. Reichstein, MPI-BGC Jena)

Benny Fischer

Former project: C03 (group Prof. Totsche, FSU Jena)

Michael Gaspar

Former project: A04 (groups Prof. Küsel and Prof. Marz, FSU Jena)

Current: ‎zollsoft GmbH

Dr. Christine Hess

Former project: D04 (group Prof. Küsel, FSU Jena)

Current: Coordination team of the eTEACH network Thuringia

Dr. Stefanie Meyer

Former project: B01 (group Prof. Michalzik, FSU Jena)

Current: Medical Center LMU Munich

Martina Müller

Former project: A04 (group Prof. von Bergen, UFZ Leipzig)

Dr. Katharina Roß

Former project: B04 (group Prof. Attinger, UFZ Leipzig)

Current: Research Associate, ‎Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI

Dr. Vanessa-Nina Roth

Former project: A02 (group Prof. Gleixner, MPI-BGC Jena)

Dr. Anna Rusznyak

Former project: D04 (group Prof. Küsel, FSU Jena)

Current: Scientific Coordinator, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle

Dr. Anna Späthe

Former project: D04 (group Prof. Küsel, FSU Jena)

Current: Coordinator GRK 2101, Abbe School of Photonics, Jena