Dr. Maria Fabisch

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With my scientific origins lying in the fields of Environmental Microbiology and Bacterial Genetics, I investigated the influence of iron-oxidizing bacteria on heavy metal remediation in contaminated creeks in a former Uranium mine during my PhD and studied LuxR-type transcription factors in Escherichia coli during my Diploma thesis. Since summer 2016, I am working as a scientific coordinator with the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1076 „AquaDiva“. AquaDiva is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and aims to understand the links between surface and subsurface biogeosphere. I am responsible for all aspects of the research center and its integrated research training group; including management and administrative supervision of AquaDiva’s research, finances, and qualification programs; internal and external communication; facilitation of the scientific cooperation among AquaDiva researchers and national as well as international collaborators; organization of meetings and seminar series; maintenance of the AquaDiva website; and PR activities.


4. Fabisch M, Freyer G, Johnson CA, Büchel G, Akob DM, Neu TR, Küsel K (2016) Dominance of ‘Gallionella capsiferriformans’ and heavy metal association with Gallionella-like stalks in metal-rich pH 6 mine water discharge. Geobiology. 14: 68–90. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12162.

3. Pannen D, Fabisch M, Gausling L, Schnetz K (2016) Interaction of the RcsB response regulator with auxiliary transcription regulators in Eschericha coli. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 291: 2357–2370. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.696815.



2. Johnson CA, Freyer G, Fabisch M, Caraballa MA, Küsel K, Hochella MF (2014) Observations and assessment of iron oxide and green rust nanoparticles in metal-polluted mine drainage within a steep redox gradient. Environmental Chemistry. 11(4) 377–391. doi: 10.1071/EN13184



1. Fabisch M, Beulig F, Akob DM, Küsel K (2013). Surprising abundance of Gallionella-related iron oxidizers in creek sediments at pH 4.4 or at high heavy metal concentrations. Front. Microbiol. 4: 390. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00390

Since 06/2016: Scientific coordinator with the DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB 1076 „AquaDiva“.

2015: Ph.D in Microbiology; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; entitled “Iron-oxidizing bacteria in heavy metal-contaminated creeks” within the DFG Research Training Group GRK 1257 „Alteration and Element Mobility at the Microbe-mineral Interface“.

2008: Diploma in Biology; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; Diploma thesis at the University of Cologne, Institute for Genetics, entitled „Interaction of LuxR-type transcription factors in Escherichia coli“.