Institute of Applied Microbiology

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Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum
Juniorprofessor Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum
RWTH Aachen University
Rosenbaum Lab

Institute of Applied Microbiology - iAMB
Biology Department
Worringerweg 1
52074 Aachen / Germany

Phone: +49-241-80-26608
Fax: +49-241-80-22180

What drives me?

Physiological capabilities of microorganisms are stunningly extraordinary. In every corner of our world or facet of our life, microorganisms are responsible for holding it all together with their secret, often invisible functions... For many aspects of life, they represent the glue that connects our macroscopic biology to the inanimate environment. Lifting the curtain on some of these functions and utilizing them for new biotechnological applications is what drives my work. The special niche, on which I focus my work are the interactions of microorganisms with electrodes, which function as synthetic (adjustable and controlled) electron donors or acceptors for microbial biochemical reactions.

University education

2007-2008 Post-Doc, Washington University in St. Louis, MO / USDA-ARS Peoria, IL, USA
                   Advisors: Dr. Lars Angenent, Dr. Mike Cotta

2004-2006 PhD Studies, University of Greifswald, Germany
                   Thesis topic: "Development of microbial fuel cells for power generation from biomass"
                   Advisors: Dr. Uwe Schröder, Dr. Fritz Scholz
                   With a scholarship of the Fond der Chemischen Industrie

1999-2004 Diploma Studies in Biochemistry University of Greifswald
                   Majors in Microbiology and Environmental Chemistry
                   Thesis topic: "Development of microbial fuel cells based on phototrophic microorganisms"
                   Advisors: Dr. Uwe Schröder, Dr. Fritz Scholz

Professional employment

2011-present Juniorprofessor in the field of Microbiology of Defined Mixed Cultures
                    Institute of Applied Microbiology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

2009-2011 Research Associate
                    Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Current Projects

Five of our scientists (Dr. Alexander Henrich, Thomas Kirchner, Tatiana Rodrigues, Simone Schmitz, and Abdeloihid Belhadi) are currently working within the Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-made fuels from biomass".
In the context of the cluster, we investigate strategies for the microbial electroreduction of biomass intermediates to fuel components. More details will follow soon.

In October 2012, Erick Bosire joined our team as a PhD student. He is going to investigate defined microbial mixed cultures in bioelectrochemical systems.

Further, we obtained a SeedFund grant from the Faculty of Natural Science of Aachen University to develop new photo-bioreactors for the investigation of photosynthetic biocatalysts in bioelectrochemical systems. MSc students Ivan Schlembach and Sebastian Bartmann joined us to work on this project.

Peer reviewed Articles