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 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: