Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Schloter (*1966) has focused his research activities on the field of microbiome research. In particular, he is interested in the interaction of environmental microbiota with different host microbiomes , including the interaction with the human microbiome. Prof. Schloter not only uses modern cultivation-independent "omics" based approaches to characterize microbiomes in their structure and function, but also tries to isolate important microorganisms and study their physiology in the laboratory.
Prof. Schloter studied biology at the LMU from 1984 - 1989 and received his PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 1994. After several postdoctoral positions, he became head of the WG Microbial Ecology at the Institute of Soil Ecology of the GSF Res. Center in 2003. In 2009, the TUM appointed him honorary professor for Soil Microbiology. In 2011, Prof. Schloter became head of the Inst. of Comparative Microbiome Analysis at Helmholtz Zentrum München. In 2023, Prof. Schloter was appointed to the professorship of Environmental Microbiology at TUM.
- Clarivate Highly cited researcher (2022)
- Nominated as member of Bavarian Academy of Science (2021)
- Clarivate Highly cited researcher (2021)
- Clarivate Highly cited researcher (2020)
- Heinrich Baur Award of TU Munich (2011)
Key Publications (all publications)
Harris, E. et al. Denitrifying pathways dominate nitrous oxide emissions from managed grassland during drought and rewetting. Sci. Adv. 7:eabb7118 (2021).Abstract
Berg, G. et al. Microbiome definition re-visited: old concepts and new challenges. Microbiome 8, 103 (2020).Abstract
Schulze-Makuch, D. et al. Transitory microbial habitat in the hyperarid Atacama Desert. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115, 2670-2675 (2018).Abstract
Soliveres S. et al. Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multifunctionality; Nature 536: 456 – 459 8 (2016).Abstract
Leininger, S. et al. Archaea predominate among ammonium oxidizing prokaryotes in soil, Nature 442: 806 - 809 (2006).Abstract