Dr. Maria Fabisch

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With my scientific origins 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 scientific coordinator with the Collaborative Research Centre 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 centre; including management and administrative supervision of AquaDiva’s research and finances; 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“.