Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Liebl

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Curriculum vitae Wolfgang Liebl (born 1959 in München)

Professional Career

1979-1984 Studies in Biology at Technische Universität München, Diploma in Biologie (1984)
1984-1986 PhD thesis in the lab of Prof. Dr. F. Götz under supervision of Prof. Dr. K.-H. Schleifer, Department of Microbiology, TU München; awarded title Dr. rer. nat. (1986)
1986-1987 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology (Prof. Dr. A.J. Sinskey), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.
1988-1997 Research scientist (Akad. Rat, Akad. Oberrat), Department of Microbiology, TU München
1997 Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in microbiology, Fakultät für Chemie, Biologie u. Geowissenschaften, TU München
1997-2003 Associate professor of applied microbiology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2002 Offer for full professorship of molecular biotechnology at TU Graz, Austria (declined)
2003-2008 Full professor of microbiology, head of Department of Genomic and Applied Microbiology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
since Feb. 2008 Professor (Ordinarius) of microbiology, head of Department of Microbiology, TU München

Scientific Duties (selection)

2002-2004 Dean and Vice Dean of the Biological Faculty, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2005-2007 Member of the Faculty Council of the Biological Faculty, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2007–2008 Member oft he Senate of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
starting Oct.2010 Dean of Study Affairs of Biological Sciences, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, TU München
Editorial services Editorial Board: Extremophiles, Systematic and Applied Microbiology, Journal of Biotechnology, Biologia
Ad-hoc reviewer for scientific journals: Appl. Environ. Microbiol., J. Bacteriol., Microbiology, FEMS Microbiol. Lett., Biologia, Arch. Microbiol., Extremophiles, J. Biotechnol., etc.
Conference organization (chair or co-chair of organizing committee): 2nd, 3rd and 4th European Conferences on Prokaryotic Genomics (PROKAGEN 2005, Göttingen, 23.-26.9.2005; ProkaGENOMICS 2007, Göttingen, 7.-10.10.2007; ProkaGENOMICS 2009, Göttingen, 4.-7.10.2009. DGHM and VAAM joint annual conference, Göttingen, 26.-29.9.2005

Main Fields of Research (Keywords):

  • Metabolism and enzymology of bacteria and archaea adapted to extreme conditions (temperature, pH) (extremophilic bacteria and archaea)
  • Polysaccharide and oligosaccharide breakdown by microorganisms
  • Genome analysis of prokaryotic microorganisms
  • Metagenome analysis of microbial consortia
  • Physiological, molecular biological and genetic studies on biotechnologically relevant bacteria (Gluconobacter oxydans, solventogenic clostridia, Bacillus licheniformis, Corynebacterium)