University of Bayreuth, Germany

Title: Stable isotope-guided omics to dissect pollutant-degrading microbiomes in the water cycle

Tillmann Lueders is an Environmental Microbiologist and specialist on groundwater microbiology and the application of stable isotope probing (SIP) of nucleic acids. He currently is deputy head and leader of the Molecular Ecology Group at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg. Moreover, he has recently accepted an offered Full Professorship as Chair of Ecological Microbiology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he will move in spring 2019. He received his Diploma in Biology at the University of Hohenheim, Germany (1998) and his PhD in Microbiology at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg (2001). He was a postdoctoral fellow conducting pioneering work on SIP at the MPI in Marburg, before he joined Helmholtz München as a junior group leader in 2004. He received tenure at Helmholtz München in 2009 and completed his Habilitation at the at the Technical University of Munich in 2013. His research interests include diverse aspects of environmental and subsurface microbiology, especially pollutant degradation and labelling-assisted microbiome dissections. Work within the group embraces a broad spectrum of microbiological, molecular and biogeochemical approaches to elucidate the functioning of process-relevant microbial populations in natural habitats. Specific activities of microbes in sediments and soils are targeted, such as pollutant degradation, activities at redox gradients, soil microbial food webs, or biofilm interactions. Research goals are to understand the main drivers and bottlenecks of microbial activities in the control of water quality, in soil carbon cycling, and in sustaining ecosystem services. In 2014, Tillmann was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate a proposed new role of molecular oxygen in what is currently understood as anaerobic pollutant degradation (POLLOX). He serves as a Senior Editor for FEMS Microbiology Ecology and is a member of the German Society for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME).