Prof. Dr. Christa Schleper

Head of Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Unit
Head of the Archaea Ecology and Evolution Group

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

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Curriculum Vitae

Appointments / Career

2007 - now

University Professor, 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" 

2007 - 2013

University Professor, 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

2022Wittgenstein Prize (1.5 Mio EUR)
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

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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, 12.2018, S. 33-42.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, 10.2018, S. 1588-1596.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, e00038-18, 18.08.2018.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, 20.04.2018, S. 567-580.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, Nr. 1, 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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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, Nr. 1, 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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


Das Archaeon Nitrososphaera viennensis : Unbekannte Helden im Stickstoffkreislauf. / Schleper, Christa.

in: Biologie in unserer Zeit, Band 47, Nr. 5, 10.2017, S. 320-324.

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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.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-Review


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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