About Us

The Division of Microbial Ecology (DOME) at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) is a team of microbiologists and molecular biologists. Our mission is to unravel the complexities of microbial life and its profound impact on our health and environment.

Our research explores the evolution, ecophysiology, interactions and functions of microbes across a broad range of systems. We apply cutting-edge methods, from 'omics analysis, to single-cell isotope probing, to microbial imaging, to computational community modelling.

Get to know our research by exploring our active projects and the researcher profiles of our principle investigators. 

At DOME, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of scientists at every level of education, including undergraduate and doctoral programs, as well as intensive methods-based courses.



DOME is excited to announce the appointment of Barbara Bayer as a new Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). Her research focusses on the interactions...


This Friday from 17:00 the University of Vienna Biology Building foyer will become an open space for the general public to experience interactive...


DOME welcomes a new addition to its faculty as Shaul Pollak joins as Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). His research explores how environmental...


Roland Hatzenpichler

Associate Professor at Montana State University, USA

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Eva Nováková

Associate Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

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Aileen Berasategui López

Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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 Latest Publications

Tschitschko, B, Esti, M, Philippi, M, Kidane, AT, Littmann, S, Kitzinger, K, Speth, DR, Li, S, Kraberg, A, Tienken, D, Marchant, HK, Kartal, B, Milucka, J, Mohr, W & Kuypers, MMM 2024, 'Rhizobia-diatom symbiosis fixes missing nitrogen in the ocean', Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-024-07495-w

Lee, KS, Landry, Z, Athar, A, Alcolombri, U, Pramoj Na Ayutthaya, P, Berry, D, de Bettignies, P, Cheng, J-X, Csucs, G, Cui, L, Deckert, V, Dieing, T, Dionne, J, Doskocil, O, D'Souza, G, García-Timermans, C, Gierlinger, N, Goda, K, Hatzenpichler, R, Henshaw, RJ, Huang, WE, Iermak, I, Ivleva, NP, Kneipp, J, Kubryk, P, Küsel, K, Lee, TK, Lee, SS, Ma, B, Martínez-Pérez, C, Matousek, P, Meckenstock, RU, Min, W, Mojzeš, P, Müller, O, Kumar, N, Nielsen, PH, Notingher, I, Palatinszky, M, Pereira, FC, Pezzotti, G, Pilat, Z, Plesinger, F, Popp, J, Probst, AJ, Riva, A, Saleh, AAE, Samek, O, Sapers, HM, Schubert, OT, Stubbusch, AKM, Tadesse, LF, Taylor, GT, Wagner, M, Wang, J, Yin, H, Yue, Y, Zenobi, R, Zini, J, Sarkans, U & Stocker, R 2024, 'MicrobioRaman: an open-access web repository for microbiological Raman spectroscopy data', Nature Microbiology, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 1152-1156. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-024-01656-3