MSc. Markus Haber, Ph.D.
Job Position: Associated scientist - Department of Aquatic Microbial Ecology (AME)
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Room: 221 NB
My research aims to identify the roles of microbes in chemical turnover processes in aquatic ecosystems and investigate which adaptations make microbes successful in their environment.
My current research investigates the ecology of a group of highly abundant freshwater actinobacteria: Ca. Nanopelagicales (also known as acI clade). These microbes are among the most abundant bacteria in freshwater lakes around the globe. They are of small size (cell volumes <0.1 μm3) and have highly streamlined genomes (<1.5 Mbp). Using a Ca. Nanopelagicales strain collection, I am examining niche separation between strains; their interaction with grazer, phages, and sympatric bacteria; and the role of photoheterotrophy in these bacteria. Besides cultivation and cultivation-based experiments, I am using comparative genomics, single-cell techniques such as CARD-FISH and metagenomic analyses to advance our understanding of the ecology of this group.
Jun 2019 – nowAssociated Scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS
2014 – Mar 2019Postdoc at Department of Marine Biology, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel; Advisor: Dr. Laura Steindler
2006 – 2013PhD at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Supervisor: Prof. Micha Ilan; Thesis: Chemical ecology and bacterial symbionts of Axinella sponges.
1998 – 2003Bachelor & Master studies in Biology, University of Münster, Germany
Participation in research projects
GAČR - Czech Science Foundation (2021 – 2023). EcoFAct – Ecology of abundant freshwater actinobacteria. PI: Dr. Markus Haber.
GAČR - Czech Science Foundation (2019 - 2021). Ecogenomics of genome-streamlined freshwater methylotrophs. PI: Dr. Michaela Salcher. Team member
Swiss National Science Foundation (2019 - 2020). Ecogenomics of freshwater bacteria. PI: Dr. Michaela Salcher. Team member
Israel Science Foundation – INCPM (2016 - 2017). Genomes of Mediterranean marine microbes. PI: Dr. Laura Steindler. Team member
Israel Science Foundation (2012 - 2016). Photoheterotrophy: Physiological and genetic characterization of how dominant heterotrophic bacteria channel light energy into the ocean. PI: Dr. Laura Steindler. Team member
European Commission - FP6 Marie Curie Research and Training Network (2005 – 2008). BIOCAPITAL - Cope with the Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century: Integrated Basic and Applied Training in a Success-oriented Bioprospecting. PhD student at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and research assistant at Instituto di Chimica Biomoleculare, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pozzuoli-Napoli, Italy.
Publications as member of the Institute of Hydrobiology are listed below. A full list of publications can be found in the following online research profiles: