Prof. Dr. Christa Schleper

Head of Department
Leader of the Archaea Ecology and Evolution Group

Room: 3.035
1030 Wien, Djerassiplatz 1
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Curriculum Vitae

Appointments / Career

2007 - now

University Professor, Head of Department of Functional and Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna Austria
Head of Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Unit

Our department "Ecogenomics and Systems Biology" merged in 2020 with "Molecular Systems Biology", "Limnology", and "Bio-Oceanography". Previously our department "Genetics in Ecology" fused with the department "Molecular Systems Biology" 

10/2007 - 03/2013

Head of Department Genetics in Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria

2007 - 2014

Adjunct Professor, Center of Excellence for Geobiology, University of Bergen, Norway

2004 - 2007

University Professor, Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway

1998 - 2004

Group leader ("assistant professor") at the University of Darmstadt, Germany at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics


Habilitation, venia legendi for teaching in Microbiology and Genetics (University of Darmstadt, Germany)

1996 - 1997

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Edward DeLong


Californian Institute of Technology, Pasadena and Agouron Institute, La Jolla, CA
Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Melvin Simon

1994 - 1995

Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Wolfram Zillig

1989 - 1993

Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Doctorate (PhD) in the laboratory of Dr. Wolfram Zillig


2017Elected full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
2016ERC Advanced Grant (2.5 Mio EUR)
2011Elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology (ASM)
2001EMBO Young Investigator Award (EMBO-YIP)
1995-1997Post-doctoral Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for US


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Linking 16S rRNA Gene Classification to amoA Gene Taxonomy Reveals Environmental Distribution of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaeal Clades in Peatland Soils. / Wang, Haitao; Bagnoud, Alexandre; Ponce-Toledo, Rafael I; Kerou, Melina; Weil, Micha; Schleper, Christa; Urich, Tim.

in: mSystems, 31.08.2021, S. e0054621.

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Genomes of Thaumarchaeota from deep sea sediments reveal specific adaptations of three independently evolved lineages. / Kerou, Melina; Ponce-Toledo, Rafael I; Zhao, Rui; Abby, Sophie S; Hirai, Miho; Nomaki, Hidetaka; Takaki, Yoshihiro; Nunoura, Takuro; Jørgensen, Steffen L; Schleper, Christa.

in: The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, 01.04.2021.

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Comparative CRISPR type III-based knockdown of essential genes in hyperthermophilic Sulfolobales and the evasion of lethal gene silencing. / Zink, Isabelle Anna; Fouqueau, Thomas; Tarrason Risa, Gabriel; Werner, Finn; Baum, Buzz; Bläsi, Udo; Schleper, Christa.

in: RNA Biology, Band 18, Nr. 3, 2021, S. 421-434.

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Heavily Armed Ancestors : CRISPR Immunity and Applications in Archaea with a Comparative Analysis of CRISPR Types in Sulfolobales. / Zink, Isabelle Anna; Wimmer, Erika; Schleper, Christa.

in: Biomolecules, Band 10, Nr. 11, 06.11.2020.

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Ancestral Reconstructions Decipher Major Adaptations of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea upon Radiation into Moderate Terrestrial and Marine Environments. / Abby, Sophie S; Kerou, Melina; Schleper, Christa.

in: mBio, Band 11, Nr. 5, 13.10.2020.

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Nitrogen Isotope Fractionation During Archaeal Ammonia Oxidation : Coupled Estimates From Measurements of Residual Ammonium and Accumulated Nitrite. / Mooshammer, Maria; Alves, Ricardo J.E.; Bayer, Barbara; Melcher, Michael; Stieglmeier, Michaela; Jochum, Lara; Rittmann, Simon K.M.R.; Watzka, Margarete; Schleper, Christa; Herndl, Gerhard J.; Wanek, Wolfgang.

in: Frontiers in Microbiology, Band 11, 1710, 28.07.2020.

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Copper limiting threshold in the terrestrial ammonia oxidizing archaeon Nitrososphaera viennensis. / Reyes, Carolina (Korresp. Autor*in); Hodgskiss, Logan (Korresp. Autor*in); Baars, Oliver; Kerou, Melina; Bayer, Barbara; Schleper, Christa; Krämer, Stephan.

in: Research in Microbiology, Band 171, Nr. 3-4, 06.2020, S. 134-142.

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Meet the relatives of our cellular ancestor : News and views. / Schleper, Christa; Baltazar de Lima de Sousa, Maria Filipa.

in: Nature, Band 577, 15.01.2020, S. 478-479.

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Geochemical transition zone powering microbial growth in subsurface sediments. / Zhao, Rui; Mogollón, José M; Abby, Sophie S; Schleper, Christa; Biddle, Jennifer F; Roerdink, Desiree L; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Jørgensen, Steffen L.

in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Band 117, Nr. 51, 2020, S. 32617-32626.

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Exploring the microbial biotransformation of extraterrestrial material on nanometer scale. / Milojevic, Tetyana (Korresp. Autor*in); Koelbl, Denise; Ferriere, Ludovic; Albu, Mihaela; Kish, Adrienne; Flemming, Roberta L.; Koeberl, Christian; Blazevic, Amir; Zebec, Ziga; Rittmann, Simon K-M R.; Schleper, Christa; Pignitter, Marc; Somoza, Veronika; Schimak, Mario P.; Rupert, Alexandra N.

in: Scientific Reports, Band 9, 18028, 02.12.2019.

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CRISPR-mediated gene silencing reveals involvement of the archaeal S-layer in cell division and virus infection. / Zink, Isabelle Anna; Pfeifer, Kevin; Wimmer, Erika; Sleytr, Uwe B; Schuster, Bernhard; Schleper, Christa.

in: Nature Communications, Band 10, Nr. 1, 22.10.2019, S. 4797.

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Archaeal nitrification is a key driver of high nitrous oxide emissions from arctic peatlands. / Siljanen, Henri M. P.; Alves, Ricardo J. E.; Ronkainen, Jussi G.; Lamprecht, Richard E.; Bhattarai, Hem R.; Bagnoud, Alexandre; Marushchak, Maija E.; Martikainen, Pertti J.; Schleper, Christa; Biasi, Christina.

in: Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Band 137, 107539, 10.2019.

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Metagenomes from Coastal Marine Sediments Give Insights into the Ecological Role and Cellular Features of Loki- and Thorarchaeota. / Manoharan, Lokeshwaran; Kozlowski, Jessica A; Murdoch, Robert W; Löffler, Frank E; Sousa, Filipa L; Schleper, Christa.

in: mBio, Band 10, Nr. 5, e02039-19, 10.09.2019.

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Indications for a moonlighting function of translation factor aIF5A in the crenarchaeum Sulfolobus solfataricus. / Bassani, Flavia (Korresp. Autor*in); Zink, Isabelle Anna; Pribasnig, Thomas; Wolfinger, Michael T.; Romagnoli, Alice; Resch, Armin; Schleper, Christa; Bläsi, Udo (Korresp. Autor*in); La Teana, Anna.

in: RNA Biology, Band 16, Nr. 5, 04.05.2019, S. 675-685.

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Ammonia Oxidation by the Arctic Terrestrial Thaumarchaeote Candidatus Nitrosocosmicus arcticus Is Stimulated by Increasing Temperatures. / Alves, Ricardo J Eloy; Kerou, Melina; Zappe, Anna; Bittner, Romana; Abby, Sophie S; Schmidt, Heiko A; Pfeifer, Kevin; Schleper, Christa.

in: Frontiers in Microbiology, Band 10, 1571, 2019.

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Holistic Assessment of Rumen Microbiome Dynamics through Quantitative Metatranscriptomics Reveals Multifunctional Redundancy during Key Steps of Anaerobic Feed Degradation. / Söllinger, Andrea; Tveit, Alexander Tøsdal; Poulsen, Morten; Noel, Samantha Joan; Bengtsson, Mia; Bernhardt, Jörg; Frydendahl Hellwing, Anne Louise; Lund, Peter; Riedel, Katharina; Schleper, Christa; Højberg, Ole; Urich, Tim.

in: mSystems, Band 3, Nr. 4, 18.08.2018.

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Microbial diversity of a closed salt lagoon in the Puertecitos area, Upper Gulf of California. / Kozlowski, Jessica (Korresp. Autor*in); Johnson, Markes E; Ledesma-Vázquez, Jorge; Birgel, Daniel; Peckmann, Jörn; Schleper, Christa.

in: Ciencias Marinas, Band 44, Nr. 2, 25.06.2018, S. 71-90.

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Unifying the global phylogeny and environmental distribution of ammonia-oxidising archaea based on amoA genes. / Alves, Ricardo J. Eloy; Minh, Bui Quang; Urich, Tim; von Haeseler, Arndt; Schleper, Christa.

in: Nature Communications, Band 9, 1517, 17.04.2018.

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