Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Liebl



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Liebl (b. 1959) conducts research into enzymology, in particular polymer breakdown. He also analyzes the genomes and metagenomes of micro-organisms that have adapted to extreme conditions (especially extreme temperatures and pH values). In his other research projects on applied microbiology, he explores physiology and gene regulation in biotechnologically relevant bacteria like Bacillus licheniformis, Gluconobacter oxydans and solventogenic Clostridia.

Prof. Liebl studied biology (majoring in microbiology) at TUM and did his doctorate in 1986. A German Research Foundation (DFG) grant enabled him to work at MIT in the group of Prof. A.J. Sinskey (1986-87). After completing his lecturer qualification at TUM (1997), he served as professor of genomic and applied microbiology at the University of Göttingen until 2008. While in Göttingen, he was also Dean of the Faculty of Biology (2002-03) and a member of the Senate (2007-08). He declined the offer of full professor of biotechnology at TU Graz (2003). Since 2008, he has been full professor of microbiology at TUM. From 2006 to 2010, Prof. Liebl coordinated the BiotechGenoMik network, which united 21 partners from academia and industry. Since 2010, he has been coordinator of the ExpresSys research project.


  • Rufe auf Professuren in Göttingen (1997), Graz/Österreich (2002) und München (2007)

Key Publications

Angelov A, Mientus M, Liebl S, Liebl W: “A two-host fosmid system for functional screening of (meta)genomic libraries from extreme thermophiles”. Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 2009; 32: 177-185.


Fütterer O, Angelov A, Liesegang H, Gottschalk G, Schleper C, Schepers B, Dock C, Antranikian G, Liebl W: “Genome sequence of Picrophilus torridus and its implications for life around pH 0”. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2004; 101: 9091-9096.


Tzvetkov M, Klopprogge C, Zelder O, Liebl W: “Genetic dissection of trehalose biosynthesis in Corynebacterium glutamicum: Inactivation of trehalose production leads to impaired growth and an altered cell wall lipid composition”. Microbiology. 2003; 149: 1659-1673.


Raasch C, Armbrecht M, Streit W, Höcker B, Sträter N, Liebl W: “Identification of residues important for NAD+-binding by the Thermotoga maritima α-glucosidase AglA, a member of glycoside hydrolase family 4”. FEBS Letters. 2002; 517: 267-271.


Meissner K, Wassenberg D, Liebl W: “The ‘thermostabilising domain’ of the modular xylanase XynA of the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima represents a novel xylan-binding domain”. Molecular Microbiology. 2000; 36: 898-912.