Principal Investigator

Dr. Katja Dierking



2005 – 2009
PhD in Immunology at the Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

2002 – 2003
Diploma thesis, University of Hawai’i, USA

1997 – 2003
Studies in Biology (Diploma), CAU Kiel and HU Berlin

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

3/2014 – 3/2015
Maternity and parental leave

2/2012 – 2/2013
Maternity and parental leave

since 2009
Assistant Professor at the Zoological Institute, CAU Kiel

2003 – 2005
Research Associate at the University of Hawaii, USA

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

2012 – 2014
12.800 € in fellowships through programs to promote women in science at the CAU Kiel

3 years doctoral grant from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research




Natural C. elegans microbiota protects against infection via production of a cyclic lipopeptide of the viscosin group

Kohar Kissoyan, Moritz Drechsler, Eva-Lena Stange, Johannes Zimmermann, Christoph Kaleta, Helge Bode und Katja Dierking (2019)  Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.050


The Caenorhabditis elegans Proteome Response to Naturally Associated Microbiome Members of the Genus Ochrobactrum.

Cassidy L, Petersen C, Treitz C, Dierking K, Schulenburg H, Leippe M, Tholey A. (2018); Proteomics. 18(8):e1700426. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201700426


Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for microbiome research.

Zhang F, Berg M, Dierking K, Félix M A, Shapira M, Samuel B, Schulenburg H (2017); Front. Microbiol., 8:485. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00485


Antimicrobial effectors in the nematode C. elegans – an outgroup to the Arthropoda.

Dierking K, Yang W, Schulenburg H (2016); Phil Trans R Soc Lond B., 371. doi: