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Curriculum vitae Dr. Anne-Kristin Kaster

  • July 2014- June 2017: Research Groupe Leader Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen, Braunschweig
  • March 2011–March 2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, CA, USA. Group of Professor Dr. A. Spormann, Single cell genomics and metagenomics of Chloroflexi in deepsea sediments and terrestrial soils
  • September 2007- January 2011: Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany. Group of Professor Dr. R. K. Thauer, Title of dissertation: “Energy metabolism in cytochrome free methanogenic archaea growing on H2/CO2.”
  • January 2007- September 2007: Diploma in Chemistry Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany. Group of Professor Dr. R. K. Thauer, Title of Thesis: “Up-regulation of the synthesis of [Fe]-hydrogenase in Methanococcus maripaludis and Methanocaldococcus jannaschii under Nickel limited growth conditions.”
  • August 2005-May 2006: Research stay at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Group of Professor Dr. D. Trauner, Natural product synthesis of new alkaloids for cancer therapy
  • April 2004: Vordiplom in Chemistry at the Philipps University Marburg, Germany



  • Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes 2003-2007
  • NSF Postdoctoral research fellow scholarship from the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) March 2011-February 2013
  • DFG research stipend March 2013-March 2014


Selected Publications

  • Pratscher, J., Vollmers, J., Wiegand, S., Dumont, M. G., Kaster, A.-K. (2018). Unravelling the identity, metabolic potential, and global biogeography of the atmospheric methane-oxidising Upland Soil Cluster α. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14036

  • Vollmers, J., Wiegand, S., Kaster A.-K. (2017). Comparing and Evaluating Metagenome Assembly Tools from a Microbiologist’s Perspective - Not Only Size Matters!. PLOS ONE 12(1): e0169662. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169662

  • Vollmers, J., Frentrup. M., Rast. P., Jogler, C. and Kaster A.-K. (2017). Untangling Genomes of Novel Planctomycetal and Verrucomicrobial Species from Monterey Bay Kelp Forest Metagenomes by Refined Binning. Front. Microbiol. 8:472. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00472

  • Kaster A.-K., Meyer-Blackwell, K., Passarelli, B., Spormann, A. (2014). Single cell genomic study of Dehalococcoidites species in deep-sea sediments of the Peruvian Margin, The ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.24

  • Kaster, A.-K., Moll, J., Parey, K. and Thauer, R.K. (2011). Coupling of ferredoxin and heterodisulfide reduction via electron bifurcation in hydrogenotrophic methanogenic archaea; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2011; 108:2981-2986