November 2013 - RWTH Institute of Applied Microbiology opened

  Copyright: Andreas Schmitter Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg (left) opens the RWTH Institute for Applied Microbiology. Professors Agler-Rosenbaum, Schirawski and Blank (from left to right) work on fundamental research and on the technical application of microbial processes.

University and state NRW enable optimal conditions for teaching and research

Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg has opened the RWTH Institute of Applied Microbiology in the collective Biology/Chemistry building on Worringer Weg. The state NRW and the RWTH invested about fivemillion Euros to enable successful research and teaching. Now, after two years, 1.500 m 2 of renovated office- lab- and practical training space have emerged out of the space that once encompassed the old Institute for Biology IV (Microbiology). The Institute of Applied Microbiology, iAMB for short, is one of seven institutes of the Aachen Biology and Biotechnology department. The scientists at the iAMB work on many aspects of microbiology, including the fundamental study of physiology and genetics of microorganisms, microbial interactions with plants, method development for analysis and optimization of microbial reactions and the identification and conversion of microbial processes with promising technical applications.

Since June 2011, the iAMB has seen the start of Professors Lars Blank, Jan Schirawski and Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum. Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars M. Blank, after his habilitation at the TU Dortmund, now holds the Chair of Applied Microbiology and acts as iAMB director. Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Jan Schirawski came from Göttingen University and now focuses on the teaching- and research area of Microbial Genetics, specifically on the genetics of plant pathogenic fungi. Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum is junior professor in the field of microbiology of defined mixed cultures with a focus on microbial electrocatalysis, coming from Cornell University in the USA. Besides these three professors, 32 scientists, four technicians, two administrative employees and many students work at the institute.

The iAMB at RWTH Aachen already engages in intensive collaboration with scientists of the RWTH excellence cluster “Tailor-made Fuels from Biomass,” as well as with the newly founded “Bioeconomy Science Center – BioSC” which is a state funded research union between the universities of Aachen, Düsseldorf and Bonn and the research center Jülich.