Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune
Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune
Research Group Leader
Phone: +49 6421 178 701

Group Members

Dr. Aram Mikaelyan
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +49 6421 178 740
Niclas Lampert
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 740
Wanyang Wang
Wanyang Wang
Ph.D. Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 710
Ricardo Augusto Nink
Guest Scientist
Phone: +49 6421 178 711
Katja Meuser
Technical Assistant
Phone: +49 6421 178 711
Christopher Feldewert
Bachelor Student
Phone: +49 6421 178 710

Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune

Prof. Dr. Andreas Brune

Curriculum Vitae

Andreas Brune (born 1960)
Diplom (Biology), Universität Marburg, 1986
Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology), Universität Tübingen, 1990
Postdoc (Microbiology), Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1991-1993
Research Associate and Group Leader (Microbial Ecology), Universität Konstanz, 1993-2003
Habilitation (Microbiology and Microbial Ecology), Universität Konstanz, 2000
Research Group Leader (C3), MPI Marburg, since 2003

Research Area: Insect gut microbiology and symbiosis

Termite guts are tiny bioreactors converting lignocellulose to microbial fermentation products that fuel the metabolism of the host. My research group studies the role of the termite gut microbiota in the symbiotic digestion of wood, focusing on the biology of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic symbionts and their interactions, the structure and functions of the intestinal ecosystem, and the evolution of its microbiota. Other aspects are the microbial processes in the guts of humivorous soil macrofauna, such as soil-feeding termites and scarab beetle larvae.

More about our research
The group of Andreas Brune as per October 2015 Zoom Image
The group of Andreas Brune as per October 2015

Recent publications:

Ikeda-Ohtsubo, W., Strassert, J.F.H., Köhler, T., Mikaelyan, A., Gregor, I., McHardy, A.C., Tringe, S.G., Hugenholtz, P., Radek, R., Brune, A. (2016) 'Candidatus Adiutrix intracellularis', an endosymbiont of termite gut flagellates, is the first representative of a deep-branching clade of Deltaproteobacteria and a putative homoacetogen. Environ. Microbiol. (early online).  (online access)

Mikaelyan, A., Thompson, C.L., Hofer, M.J., Brune, A. (2016) Deterministic assembly of complex bacterial communities in guts of germ-free cockroaches. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82: 1256–1263.  (online access)

Tegtmeier, D., Thompson, C.L., Schauer, C., Brune, A. (2016) Oxygen affects gut bacterial colonization and metabolic activities in a gnotobiotic cockroach model. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82: 1080–1089. (online access)

Zheng, H., Dietrich, C., Hongoh, Y., Brune, A. (2016) Restriction-modification systems as mobile genetic elements in the evolution of an intracellular symbiont. Mol. Biol. Evol. 33: 721–725. (online access)

Zheng, H., Dietrich, C., Radek, R., Brune, A. (2016) Endomicrobium proavitum, the first isolate of Endomicrobia class. nov. (phylum Elusimicrobia) – an ultramicrobacterium with an unusual cell cycle that fixes nitrogen with a Group IV nitrogenase. Environ. Microbiol. 18: 191–204. (online access)

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