Dr. Christian Wurzbacher
Emmy Noether Group
Ecology and evolution of dark matter fungi in aquatic biofilms
Academic Career and Research Areas
Dr. Christian Wurzbacher studied Biology at the University of Kassel in Germany (Diplom), and Aquatic Microbiology at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (Leibniz-IGB) where he obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Potsdam (Dr. rer. nat.). After his first post-doctoral position at the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research/Leibniz-IGB, he worked in his second research position at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2018, he is leading the research group Microbial Systems at the Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the TUM in Germany.
Dr. Christian Wurzbacher conducts research in the area of aquatic microbial ecology. He takes an integrated approach to investigate the diversity of unknown microbial interactions by combining field surveys, experiments, model communities, and culture-independent, high-throughput sequencing. He is currently focusing on unknown microscopic fungi in biofilms and is establishing a new platform for high throughput descriptions of microbial eukaryotes.
- Head of an Emmy-Noether group funded by the DFG (since 2020)
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (2015)
- JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)
Wurzbacher C, Larsson E, Bengtsson‐Palme J, Van den Wyngaert S, Svantesson S, Kristiansson E, Kagami M, Nilsson RH: „Introducing ribosomal tandem repeat barcoding for fungi“. Molecular Ecology Resources. 2019. 19(1): 118-127.Abstract
RH Nilsson, S Anslan, M Bahram, C Wurzbacher, P Baldrian, L Tedersoo: „Mycobiome diversity: high-throughput sequencing and identification of fungi“. Nature Reviews Microbiology. 2019. 17 (2): 95-109.Abstract
Wurzbacher C, Fuchs A, Attermeyer K, Frindte K, Grossart HP, Hupfer M, Casper P, Monaghan MT: „Shifts among Eukaryota, Bacteria, and Archaea define the vertical organization of a lake sediment“. Microbiome. 2017. 5(1): 41.Abstract
Wurzbacher C, Warthmann N, Bourne EC, Attermeyer K, Allgaier M, Powell JR, Detering H, Mbedi S, Grossart HP, Monaghan MT: “High habitat-specificity in fungal communities in oligo-mesotrophic, temperate Lake Stechlin (North-East Germany)” MyoKeys 2016. 16: 17-44.Abstract
Hölker F, Wurzbacher C, Weißenborn C, Monaghan MT, Holzhauer SIJ, Premke K. „Microbial diversity and community respiration in freshwater sediments influenced by artificial light at night“. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2015. 370(1667): 20140130.Abstract