Talk Title : Novel insights into the ecophysiology of nitrifying microorganisms
Time : 23rd August 2021 – 16:00 (KL, GMT+8) / 18:00 (Sydney, GMT+10)
Holger Daims is Professor at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his PhD in Microbiology at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. In 2003, he became a founding member of the Division of Microbial Ecology (DOME) at the University of Vienna in Austria. As University Assistant he established his own research group based on third-party grants. Subsequently, he was Assistant Professor from 2010 to 2012, Associate Professor from 2012 to 2017, and became Full Professor in 2017. His research addresses the ecology, physiology, and evolution of nitrogen-cycling microorganisms and the development of molecular and imaging methods to study uncultured microorganisms. Results include key contributions of his team to the discovery of complete ammonia oxidizers (comammox), and the genomic and physiological characterization of diverse nitrite-oxidizing bacteria from natural and engineered ecosystems. He has published over 85 papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed more than 55 invited lectures at conferences, workshops, and seminars. At present, he is the Head of the Comammox Research Platform, an interdisciplinary project at the University of Vienna that conducts in-depth studies on the ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and structural biology of comammox organisms.