Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Ute Hentschel-Humeida


GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel




Habilitation in Microbiology, University of Würzburg

Graduate studies in Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, USA and Ph.D. Degree

Undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Hannover and Bachelor’s Degree (Vordiplom)

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

since 2008
Professor (W2) for Chemical and Microbial Ecology, University of Würzburg

Young Investigator Group Leader, Research Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Würzburg

Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology, University of Würzburg

Postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

Reviewer services to > 15 journals in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Marine Biotechnology, to the DFG, and to diverse international funding agencies

since 2013
“Member of the Irseer Naturstofftage Vorbereitungskreis”

since 2013
Editorial Board Memberships: Mar. Biotechnol. (since 2005), Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (since 2009), The Biol. Bull. (since 2009), Frontiers in Microbiol./Microb. Symbioses

since 2012
Editor (together with M. McFall-Ngai and V. Weis) for a special issue on “Discoveries in animal symbioses in the -omics age” in The Biological Bulletin

since 2011
University of Würzburg, Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS), Section Speaker “Integrative Biology”

since 2009
VAAM-group leader “Symbiotic Interactions”




Neutrality in the metaorganism

Sieber M, Pita L, Weiland-Bräuer N, Dirksen P, Wang J, Mortzfeld B, Franzenburg S, Schmitz RA, Baines JF, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H, Bosch TCG, Traulsen A (2019) PLoS Biol., DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000298

Bdellovibrio and like organisms are predictors of microbiome diversity across diverse host groups.

Johnke J, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H (2019) Microbial Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s00248-019-01395-7

Fueled by methane: deep-sea sponges from asphalt seeps gain their nutrition from methane-oxidizing symbionts

Rubin-Blum M, Antony CP, Sayavedra L, Martínez-Pérez C, Birgel D, Peckmann J, Wu Y, Cardenas P, MacDonald I, Marcon Y, Sahling H, Hentschel U, Dubilier N (2019) The ISME Journal , v 13, p 1209–1225. doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0346-7


Marine Sponges as Chloroflexi Hot Spots: Genomic Insights and High-Resolution Visualization of an Abundant and Diverse Symbiotic Clade

Bayer K, Jahn M.T. , Slaby BM, Moitinho-Silva L and Hentschel U (2018) mSystems 3:e00150-18. doi:  10.1128/mSystems.00150-18

Differential expression of immune receptors in two marine sponges upon exposure to microbial-associated molecular patterns.

Pita L, Hoeppner MP, Ribes M, Hentschel U (2018); Sci Rep. 8(1):16081.doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34330-w

Predicted bacterial interactions affect in vivo microbial colonization dynamics in Nematostella

Domin H, Zurita-Gutiérrez Y, Scotti M, Buttlar J, Hentschel Humeida U and Fraune S  (2018) Frontiers in Microbiology 9, 728,

The sponge holobiont in a changing ocean: from microbes to ecosystems.

Pita L, Rix L, Slaby B M, Franke A, Hentschel U (2018); Microbiome, 6(46). doi: 10.1186/s40168-018-0428-1

Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation?

Bang C, Dagan T, Deines P, Dubilier N, Duschl W J, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Hirt H, Hülter N, Lachnit T, Picazo D, Galan P L, Pogoreutz C, Rädecker N, Saad M M, Schmitz R A, Schulenburg H, Voolstra C R, Weiland-Bräuer N, Ziegler M, Bosch T C G (2018); Zoology, doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.02.004


Emerging Sponge Models of Animal-Microbe Symbioses.

Pita L, Fraune S, Hentschel U (2016); Front Microbiol., 7:2102. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02102

Shedding light on cell compartmentation in the candidate phylum Poribacteria by high resolution visualisation and transcriptional profiling.

Jahn M T, Markert S M, Ryu T, Ravasi T, Stigloher C, U Hentschel, Moitinho-Silva L (2016); Scientific Reports, 6:35860. doi: 10.1038/srep35860