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




The functional repertoire encoded within the native microbiome of the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans

Zimmermann J, Obeng N, Yang W, Pees B, Petersen C, Waschina S, Kissoyan KAB, Aidley J, Hoeppner MP, Bunk B, Spröer C, Leippe M, Dierking K, Kaleta C*, Schulenburg H* (2019) BioRxiv 554345. * Shared senior authorship  doi: 10.1101/554345

The inducible response of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to members of its natural microbiome across development and adult life

Yang W#, Petersen C#, Pees B#, Zimmermann J, Waschina S, Dirksen P, Rosenstiel P, Tholey A, Leippe M, Dierking K, Kaleta C*, Schulenburg H*.  BioRxiv 554758. # Equal contribution as first authors, * Equal contribution as senior authors doi: 10.1101/554758

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, 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: