Prof. Dr. Christa Schleper

Head of Department
Leader of the Archaea Ecology and Evolution Group

Room: 3.035
1030 Wien, Djerassiplatz 1
T: +43-1-4277-76510
M: +43-664-60277-76510
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christa.schleper@univie.ac.at

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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

04/2002

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

1996

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


Awards

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

Publications

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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


Significance of dark CO2 fixation in arctic soils. / Santruckova, Hana (Korresp. Autor*in); Kotas, Petr; Barta, Jiri; Urich, Tim; Capek, Petr; Palmtag, Juri; Alves, Ricardo J. Eloy; Biasi, Christina; Diakova, Katerina; Gentsch, Norman; Gittel, Antje; Guggenberger, Georg; Hugelius, Gustaf; Lashchinsky, Nikolaj; Martikainen, Pertti J.; Mikutta, Robert; Schleper, Christa; Schnecker, Joerg; Schwab, Clarissa; Shibistova, Olga; Wild, Birgit; Richter, Andreas.

in: Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Band 119, 04.2018, S. 11-21.

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Evidence for archaeal methanogenesis within veins at the onshore serpentinite-hosted Chimaera seeps, Turkey. / Zwicker, Jennifer; Birgel, Daniel; Bach, Wolfgang; Richoz, Sylvain; Smrzka, Daniel; Grasemann, Bernhard; Gier, Susanne; Schleper, Christa; Rittmann, Simon Karl-Maria Rasso; Kosun, Erdal; Peckmann, Jörn (Korresp. Autor*in).

in: Chemical Geology, Band 483, 18.03.2018, S. 567-580.

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Biological methane production under putative Enceladus-like conditions. / Taubner, Ruth-Sophie; Pappenreiter, Patricia; Zwicker, Jennifer; Smrzka, Daniel; Pruckner, Christian; Kolar, Philipp; Bernacchi, Sébastien; Seifert, Arne H; Krajete, Alexander; Bach, Wolfgang; Peckmann, Jörn; Paulik, Christian; Firneis, Maria G; Schleper, Christa; Rittmann, Simon K-M R.

in: Nature Communications, Band 9, 748 , 27.02.2018.

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Nitrosocaldus cavascurensis, an Ammonia Oxidizing, Extremely Thermophilic Archaeon with a Highly Mobile Genome. / Abby, Sophie S; Melcher, Michael; Kerou, Melina; Krupovic, Mart; Stieglmeier, Michaela; Rossel, Claudia; Pfeifer, Kevin; Schleper, Christa.

in: Frontiers in Microbiology, Band 9, 28, 26.01.2018.

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A plant-microbe interaction framework explaining nutrient effects on primary production. / Čapek, Petr; Manzoni, Stefano; Kaštovská, Eva; Wild, Birgit; Diáková, Kateřina; Bárta, Jiří; Schnecker, Jörg; Biasi, Christina; Martikainen, Pertti J; Alves, Ricardo Jorge Eloy; Guggenberger, Georg; Gentsch, Norman; Hugelius, Gustaf; Palmtag, Juri; Mikutta, Robert; Shibistova, Olga; Urich, Tim; Schleper, Christa; Richter, Andreas; Šantrůčková, Hana.

in: Nature Ecology & Evolution, Band 2, Nr. 10, 2018, S. 1588-1596.

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Intact polar lipid and core lipid inventory of the hydrothermal vent methanogens Methanocaldococcus villosus and Methanothermococcus okinawensis. / Baumann, Lydia; Taubner, Ruth-Sophie; Bauersachs, Thorsten; Steiner, Michael; Schleper, Christa; Peckmann, Jörn; Rittmann, Simon Karl-Maria Rasso; Birgel, Daniel.

in: Organic Geochemistry, Band 126, 2018, S. 33-42.

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Chemotaxonomic characterisation of the thaumarchaeal lipidome. / Elling, Felix J; Könneke, Martin; Nicol, Graeme W; Stieglmeier, Michaela; Bayer, Barbara; Spieck, Eva; de la Torre, José R; Becker, Kevin W; Thomm, Michael; Prosser, James I; Herndl, Gerhard J; Schleper, Christa; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe.

in: Environmental Microbiology, Band 19, Nr. 7, 07.2017, S. 2681-2700.

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Class Nitrososphaeria. / Kerou, Melina; Eloy Alves, Ricardo Jorge; Schleper, Christa.

Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria. Hrsg. / Professor William B. Whitman. Wiley Online Library, 2016.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in BuchBeitrag in Buch/SammelbandPeer-Review


Family Nitrososphaeraceae. / Kerou, Melina; Schleper, Christa.

Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria. Hrsg. / Professor William B. Whitman. Wiley Online Library, 2016.

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Genus Nitrososphaera. / Kerou, Melina; Schleper, Christa.

Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria. Hrsg. / William B. Whitman. Wiley Online Library, 2016. S. 1-10.

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Proteomics and comparative genomics of Nitrososphaera viennensis reveal the core genome and adaptations of archaeal ammonia oxidizers. / Kerou, Melina; Offre, Pierre; Valledor, Luis; Abby, Sophie S.; Melcher, Michael; Nagler, Matthias; Weckwerth, Wolfram; Schleper, Christa.

in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Band 113, Nr. 49, 06.12.2016, S. E7937-E7946.

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A hydrophobic ammonia-oxidizing archaeon of the Nitrosocosmicus clade isolated from coal tar-contaminated sediment. / Jung, Man-Young; Kim, Jong-Geol; Sinninghe Damsté, Jaap S; Rijpstra, W Irene C; Madsen, Eugene L; Kim, So-Jeong; Hong, Heeji; Si, Ok-Ja; Kerou, Melina; Schleper, Christa; Rhee, Sung-Keun.

in: Environmental Microbiology Reports, Band 8, Nr. 6, 12.2016, S. 983-992.

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Efficient CRISPR-Mediated Post-Transcriptional Gene Silencing in a Hyperthermophilic Archaeon Using Multiplexed crRNA Expression. / Zebec, Ziga; Zink, Isabelle Anna; Kerou, Melina; Schleper, Christa.

in: G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, Band 6, Nr. 10, 13.10.2016, S. 3161-3168.

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Pathways and key intermediates required for obligate aerobic ammonia-dependent chemolithotrophy in bacteria and Thaumarchaeota. / Kozlowski, Jessica A; Stieglmeier, Michaela; Schleper, Christa; Klotz, Martin G; Stein, Lisa Y.

in: The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, Band 10, Nr. 8, 08.2016, S. 1836-1845.

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Plant-derived compounds stimulate the decomposition of organic matter in arctic permafrost soils. / Wild, Birgit; Gentsch, Norman; Čapek, Petr; Diáková, Kateřina; Alves, Ricardo J Eloy; Bárta, Jiři; Gittel, Antje; Hugelius, Gustaf; Knoltsch, Anna; Kuhry, Peter; Lashchinskiy, Nikolay; Mikutta, Robert; Palmtag, Juri; Schleper, Christa; Schnecker, Jörg; Shibistova, Olga; Takriti, Mounir; Torsvik, Vigdis L; Urich, Tim; Watzka, Margarete; Šantrůčková, Hana; Guggenberger, Georg; Richter, Andreas.

in: Scientific Reports, Band 6, 25607, 09.05.2016.

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Phylogenetic and genomic analysis of Methanomassiliicoccales in wetlands and animal intestinal tracts reveals clade-specific habitat preferences. / Söllinger, Andrea; Schwab, Clarissa; Weinmaier, Thomas; Loy, Alexander; Tveit, Alexander T.; Schleper, Christa; Urich, Tim.

in: FEMS microbiology ecology, Band 92, Nr. 1, fiv149, 01.01.2016.

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Physiological and genomic characterization of two novel marine thaumarchaeal strains indicates niche differentiation. / Bayer, Barbara; Vojvoda, Jana; Offre, Pierre; Eloy Alves, Ricardo Jorge; Elisabeth, Nathalie H.; Garcia, Juan Al; Volland, Jean-Marie; Srivastava, Abhishek; Schleper, Christa; Herndl, Gerhard.

in: The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, Band 10, Nr. 5, 2016, S. 1051-1063.

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Assessing the Ecophysiology of Methanogens in the Context of Recent Astrobiological and Planetological Studies. / Taubner, Ruth-Sophie; Schleper, Christa; Firneis, Maria G; Rittmann, Simon K-M R.

in: Life, Band 5, Nr. 4, 03.12.2015, S. 1652-1686.

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Intestinal Epithelial Cell Tyrosine Kinase 2 Transduces IL-22 Signals To Protect from Acute Colitis. / Hainzl, Eva; Stockinger, Silvia; Rauch, Isabella; Heider, Susanne; Berry, David; Lassnig, Caroline; Schwab, Clarissa; Rosebrock, Felix; Milinovich, Gabriel; Schlederer, Michaela; Wagner, Michael; Schleper, Christa; Loy, Alexander; Urich, Tim; Kenner, Lukas; Han, Xiaonan; Decker, Thomas; Strobl, Birgit; Müller, Mathias.

in: Journal of Immunology, Band 195, Nr. 10, 15.11.2015, S. 5011-5024.

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