PD Dr. Werner Liesack
Werner Liesack (born 1956)
Diplom (Biology), University of Kiel, 1984
Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology), University of Kiel, 1988
Postdoc (Microbiology), University of Queensland, Australia, 1990-1992
Habilitation (Microbiology), Philipps-Universität Marburg, 1996
Privatdozent, Philipps-Universität Marburg, since 1997
Group Leader, Department of Biogeochemistry, MPI Marburg, 1992-2011
Research Group Leader, Department of Biogeochemistry, MPI Marburg, since 2011
Research areas: Methanotrophic bacteria, and environmental genomics/transcriptomics
The main theme of our research is microbial ecology. The projects cover topics at the molecular, genomic, cellular, and community levels. The current research is focused on (i) the molecular biology and ecophysiology of Methylocystis sp. strain SC2, (ii) soil metatranscriptomics, and (iii) microbial communities in Sphagnum-dominated peatlands. The main findings are described in Recent Research (Liesack 2012-2014).
A concise description of the research of the last 15 years and a complete list of publications can be found in Research Description and Publications (1986-2014), respectively.
Recent publications (*Correspondence)
Ivanova, A.A., Naumoff, D.G., Moroshnikov, K.K., Liesack, W. and Dedysh, S.N.* (2017) Comparative genomics of four Isosphaeraceae planctomycetes: A common pool of plasmids and glycoside hydrolase genes shared by Paludisphaera borealis PX4 T, Isosphaera pallida IS1B T, Singulisphaera acidiphila DSM 18658T, and strain SH-PL62. Front. Microbiol. 8, 412. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00412
Peng, J., Wegner, C.E., and Liesack, W.* (2017) Short-term exposure of paddy soil microbial communities to salt stress triggers different transcriptional responses of key taxonomic groups. Front. Microbiol. 8, 400. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00400
Ivanova, A.A., Wegner, C.E., Kim, Y., Liesack, W.*, and Dedysh, S.N. (2016) Identiﬁcation of microbial populations driving biopolymer degradation in acidic peatlands by metatranscriptomic analysis. Mol. Ecol. 25, 4818–4835.
Wegner, C.E., and Liesack, W.* (2016) Microbial community dynamics during the early stages of plant polymer breakdown in paddy soil. Environ. Microbiol. 18, 2825-2842
Kim, Y., and Liesack, W.* (2015) Differential assemblage of functional units in paddy soil microbiomes. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122221. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122221