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December 2013


Anja Spang wins Award of Excellence 2013
Anja Spang has won the Award of Excellence 2013 (Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Austria) for her PhD thesis "Genome Analyses and Comparative Genomics of Thaumarchaeota", supervised by Christa Schleper.
Congratulations Anja!




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November 2013


Guest lecture by Dr. Andreas Klingl
Monday, November 18, 2013 11:15a.m.
"The ultrastructure of Bacteria and Archaea: A short survey on cryo-fixation and protein localization"
Guest lecture by Andreas Klingl, Cell Biology Group, Phillips-University Marburg, Germany
Lecture hall 4 (Hörsaal 4), UZA 2.




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Guest lecture by Prof. David Prangishvili
Friday, November 15, 2013 2p.m.
"Viruses of Archaea"
Guest lecture by David Prangishvili, Unité de Biologie Moléculaire du Gène chez les Extrêmophiles, Institut Pasteur, France
Lecture hall 5 (Hörsaal 5), UZA 2.





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Dr. rer. nat. Andrea Manica
Friday, November 15, 2013 10a.m.
Seminar room (MoSys) 1.320, UZA I

Andrea Manica successfully defended his PhD thesis "The Sulfolobus solfataricus CRISPR-Cas system".
Congratulations Andrea!



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October 2013 - 2 new reviews out


(1) Pierre Offre, Anja Spang and Christa Schleper have published a review on Archaea in Biogeochemical Cycles in The Annual Review of Microbiology.






carbon and nitrogen cycle


(2) Albers et al. have published an essay highlighting the scientific achievements of Carl Woese and Wolfram Zillig in Nature Reviews Microbiology.







left: Carl Woese photographed by Patrick Forterre
right: Wolfram Zillig photographed by Arnulf Kletzin

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Guest lecture by Prof. Tanneke den Blaauwen
Prof. Tanneke den Blaauwen, Bacterial Cell Biology, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, will give a talk in the Seminar Room of the Department of Microbial Ecology, October 11, 3p.m.
Title: ''Morphogenesis of Escherichia coli''

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Talk at our department by Ricardo Soares Magalhaes
Ricardo Soares Magalhaes from the University of Queensland, Australia is presenting his current research on helminth infections (schistosomiasis= Bilharziose) of children in developing countries, in our seminar room, October 3, 11a.m.
Title: "A spatial epidemiological approach to quantify the WASH – Helminth infection causal pathway in children: examples from Africa and the Asia"


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September - October 2013

Extremophilic and thiotrophic Microorganisms from Volcanic Environments

This fall, our first class in Archaea field work took place in Southern Italy: PP 300368 *Extremophilic and thiotrophic Microorganisms from Volcanic Environments*
12 students together with Christa Schleper, Silvia Bulgheresi and Romana Bittner from our Division went sampling terrestrial hot springs and shallow marine waters in Southern Italy (Ischia and Pozzuoli). It even made the Italian news.
More than 50 samples are now being analysed for the presence and for growth of novel hyperthermophilic archaea and thiotrophic symbionts.
Click to view more pictures of the trip.



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September 2013

Talk at our department by Mohea Couturier
Mohea Couturier from University Paris-Sued will give a talk in our seminar room, September 25, 10a.m.
Title: "Insight into potential cellular involvements of the two reverse gyrases of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus P2)"

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July 2013

Nika Pende gets uni:docs fellowship
With her project "RE-ATTACH: Reproduction Mechanisms of Host Attacheded Bacteria", Nika Pende was granted one of the uni:docs fellowships.
Out of 214 applications only 25 projects were selected (resulting in an approval quota of appr. 12%) for this scholarship aiming at financing excellent doctoral candidates for a period of three years.



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Lecture at Kinderuni Wien

Christa Schleper gave a well received lecture at this year's Kinderuni, titled "Wer lebt im Vulkan? - Kleine Lebewesen, so ähnlich wie Bakterien, leben auf den verrücktesten Plätzen dieser Erde und vielleicht sogar auf dem Mars"

Willst du die Archaea kennenlernen? Kleine einzellige Lebewesen, die sich erst dort so richtig wohl fühlen, wo wir uns die Füße verbrennen oder gar nicht mehr atmen können. In kleinen Experimenten wirst du erfahren, warum sie das schaffen, und auch, warum sie für uns so wichtig sind.

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May 2013

Dr. rer. nat. Anja Spang

Anja Spang successfully defended her PhD thesis "Genome analyses and comparative genomics of Thaumarchaeota"

Congratulations Anja!




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April 2013

Research group of APRI
Christa Schleper's is one of 14 research groups at the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI), a recently founded research consortium. www.polarresearch.at

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October 2012


Let's talk about symbiosis
A joint seminar about symbiosis research in 3 departments of the University of Vienna with talks of
Amir Schmidt, Clarissa Schwab and Ziga Zebec of our department.
October 10



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February 2012

Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology
Christa Schleper has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.
"Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Election to Fellowship indicates recognition of distinction in microbiology by one’s peers..."

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Guest lecture by Ian Marshall

February 23, 2012 1p.m.
“A SINGLE-CELL GENOME FOR
Thiovulum sp.
Guest lecture by Ian Marshall, Stanford University, USA
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Lecture Hall II, UZA I


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May 2011

Guest lecture by Rie Matsumi
02.05.2011
Guest lecture by Rie Matsumi, University of Wageningen, Netherlands.
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA 1, seminar room "Genetics in Ecology", 13:15


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April 2011

New paper in PNAS: "Nitrososphaera viennensis, an ammonia oxidizing archaeon from soil" by Tourna M, Stieglmeier M, Spang A, Koenneke M, Schintlmeister A, Urich T, Engel M, Schloter M, Wagner M, Richter R, Schleper C.





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February 2011

Guest lecture by Dr. John Reeve
03.02.2011
LEARNING FROM THERMOCOCCUS KODAKARENSIS: A MODEL HYPERTHERMOPHILIC ARCHAEON.
Guest lecture by Dr. John Reeve, Head Department of Microbiology University of Ohio, USA.
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA 1, seminar room "Ecology", 10:15

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January 2011

Guest lecture by Per Nielsen
14.01.2011
AN ACTIVATED SLUDGE ECOSYSTEM MODEL: FROM SINGLE CELL MICROBIOLOGY TO SYSTEMS BIOLOGY.
Guest lecture by Per Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA 1, lecture hall 2, 14:00


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Guest lecture by Dr. Christine Moissl
12.01.2011
(UN)USUAL ARCHAEA IN SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTS.
Guest lecture by Dr. Christine Moissl, University of Regensburg, Germany.
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA 1, seminar room of "Genetics in Ecology" (Nr.1.116), 10:00

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December 2010

Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Rudolf K. Thauer
METHANE FORMATION AND METHANE OXIDATION IN THE ANAEROBIC BIOSPHERE.
Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Rudolf K. Thauer, Max Planck Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie, Marburg, Germany
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA 1, lecture hall 2, 16:00



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Guest lecture by Prof. Janet Jansson
"ILLUMINA"-TION OF SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHAGE USING METAGENOMICS.
Guest lecture by Prof. PhD Janet Jansson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Althanstrasse 14, 1090, UZA 1, lecture hall 2, 16:00

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November 2010

Guest lecture by Dr. Anthony M Poole
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCHAEA AND EUKARYOTES?
Guest lecture by Dr. Anthony M. Poole, University of Canterbury, College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, and Stockholm University, Department of molecular Biology and Functional Genomics
Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, seminar room of "Genetics in Ecology" (Nr.1.116), 11:00


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September 2010

Wachau hiking photo-gallery is opened!
Click to view

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July 2010
Iceland sampling photo-gallery is opened!

Click to view

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June 2010

Guest lecture by Dr. Daniela Näther

03.06.2010
ALCANIVORAX BORKUMENSIS FOR A CLEANER WORLD – MARINE OIL DEGRADATION UNDER STRESS CONDITIONS.
Guest lecture by Dr. Daniela Näther, Helmholtz Institute, Braunschweig, Germany, Environmental Microbiology Group. Wednesday, June 3rd 2010, 10:00 (sharp). Seminarraum No. 2.022 (Technau), Althanstr. 14, 1090 Vienna

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Guest lecture by Dr. Antje Gittel

POTENTIAL EFFECT OF NITRATE ADDITION ON PROKARYOTIC COMMUNITY STRUCTURE, DIVERSITY AND ACTIVITY IN HIGHTEMPERATURE OIL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS - WITH AN EMPHASIS PN SULFATE AND NITRATE REDUCERS.
Guest lecture by Dr. Antje Gittel, Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Aarhus University, Denmark


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May 2010

Guest lecture by Dr. Pierre Offre

Guest lecture by Dr. Pierre Offre, Univ. of Aberdeen "AUTOTROPHIC AMMONIA OXIDATION BY SOIL CRENARCHAEA".
Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 10:00 (sharp)
Seminarraum MoSys
Althanstr. 14, 1090 Vienna


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January 2010

Guest lecture by Gary Sawers

14.01.2010 13:15
RESPIRATORY NITRATE REDUCTION IN THE OBLIGATE AEROBE STREPTOMYES COELICOLOR
Guest lecture by Gary Sawers, Professor of Microbiology, University of Halle, Germany.
Place: Seminarraum Ökologie, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna.

Host: Christa Schleper


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November 2009

Our group member, PhD student Anja Spang, receives a prestigious DOC-fFORTE-Stipendium from Austrian Academy of Sciences for her research in Thaumarchaeon, Nitrososphaera gargensis.

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October 2009

21.10.2009 17:15
ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF ARCHAEA - THE THIRD DOMAIN OF LIFE

Prof. Christa Schleper's talk in the university program "Neue Professoren stellen sich vor" (New professors indtroduce themselves). Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, UZA I, Room: HS2.

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September 2009
Hiking trip to "Myrafälle" in lower Austria! See our photosession here.

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July 2009
start of GEN-AU Project InflammoBiota. Coordinator: Prof. Christa Schleper.
It involves cooperation of five research groups from three austrian universities: University of Vienna, Medicine University of Vienna, and University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna. Read more

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April 2009
Best Talent Day: Prof. Christa Schleper visits a primary school with a workshop about volcanos. Photosession available

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