Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

Archaea arose together with Bacteria as the first organisms on this planet about 3.5 billion years ago. They form a separate domain of life beside Bacteria and Eukaryotes and inhabit virtually all environments on Earth, including the most extreme environments that can sustain life.
Our division studies the Biology of Archaea as well as bacterial symbioses with a focus on ecological, physiological and evolutionary aspects to shed light on the diversity and fundamental distinctions between these two prokaryotic groups.

In particular we are interested in:

- The ecological distribution of archaea from terrestrial, aquatic and hot environments

- The phylogeny of archaea

- The metabolism and genomes of ammonia oxidizing thaumarchaeota

- virus-defense (CRISPR-) systems of hyperthermophilic archaea

- physiology and biotechnological application of methanogenic archaea

- bacterium-nematode symbioses

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"Evolution, Metabolism, and Interactions of Cable Bacteria"


We, 1 March 2017, 11a.m.

UZA 1, Floor 1, Spange 3, MoSys seminar room 1.320


Austrian newspaper Die Presse presents work of our biochemist Filipa Sousa, who "came to Austria to explore tiny microorganisms: archaea are useful...


“What we know and don’t know about N-gas fluxes”


Tu, 24 January 2017, 12:30 p.m. Lecture Hall II, UZA 1


The division of Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics offers two postdoctoral positions in computational biology funded by two recently awarded highly...


PhD Student Ruth-Sophie Taubner gets a 6 months Fellowship financed by L’ORÉAL Österreich within the initiative “For Women in Science”.


"Squeezing Responsibility into Rhythms of Academic Life"


We, 17 January 2017, 12:30 p.m. Lecture Hall II, UZA 1

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