Dr. rer. nat. Christian Wurzbacher










Microbial Systems, Microbiological Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae

since 2018
Head of the Microbial Systems group at the Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering
2015-2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie PostDoc, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2012-2015 PostDoc, Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv)/Leibniz-IGB
2008-2012 Doctoral Student, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (Leibniz-IGB); Dissertation at the University of Potsdam
2001-2007 Studies of general biology, Universität Kassel

Fields of Research

  • Interactions of Pro- and Eukaryotes in biofilms of water treatment systems
  • Application of aquatic fungi in bioremediation
  • Microbial ecology of natural and engineered inland waters
  • High-throughput sequencing applications


  • International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL)



Journal Articles

  • Grossart, Hans-Peter; Van den Wyngaert, Silke; Kagami, Maiko; Wurzbacher, Christian; Cunliffe, Michael; Rojas-Jimenez, Keilor: Fungi in aquatic ecosystems. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 2019 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Rojas-Jimenez, Keilor; Rieck, Angelika; Wurzbacher, Christian; Jürgens, Klaus; Labrenz, Matthias; Grossart, Hans-Peter: A Salinity Threshold Separating Fungal Communities in the Baltic Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 2019 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


Journal Articles

  • Anslan, Sten; Nilsson, R. Henrik; Wurzbacher, Christian; Baldrian, Petr; Tedersoo, Leho; Bahram, Mohammad: Great differences in performance and outcome of high-throughput sequencing data analysis platforms for fungal metabarcoding. MycoKeys 39, 2018, 29-40 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bengtsson-Palme, Johan; Richardson, Rodney T; Meola, Marco; Wurzbacher, Christian; Tremblay, Émilie D; Thorell, Kaisa; Kanger, Kärt; Eriksson, K Martin; Bilodeau, Guillaume J; Johnson, Reed M; Hartmann, Martin; Nilsson, R Henrik: Metaxa2 Database Builder: enabling taxonomic identification from metagenomic or metabarcoding data using any genetic marker. Bioinformatics, 2018 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Nilsson, R. Henrik; Anslan, Sten; Bahram, Mohammad; Wurzbacher, Christian; Baldrian, Petr; Tedersoo, Leho: Mycobiome diversity: high-throughput sequencing and identification of fungi. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 2018 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Wurzbacher, Christian; Larsson, Ellen; Bengtsson-Palme, Johan; Van den Wyngaert, Silke; Svantesson, Sten; Kristiansson, Erik; Kagami, Maiko; Nilsson, R. Henrik: Introducing ribosomal tandem repeat barcoding for fungi. Molecular Ecology Resources, 2018 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )

Conference Papers / Poster

  • Kluge, M.; Wurzbacher, C.; Rautio, M.; Wauthy, M.; Peura, S.: Exploring the fungal communities of Arctic ponds from continous and discontinous permafrost areas. ISME 17, 2018 more… BibTeX
  • Wurzbacher, C.: Poorly known fungi in natural and engineered biofilms. 5th Biofilm Workshop 2018: Omic approaches in biofilm research: advances in ecology and ecotoxicology, 2018 more… BibTeX