Prof. Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth Ley is the Director of the Department of Microbiome Science. The Ley lab was formerly in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Department of Microbiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and moved to the MPI for Developmental Biology in 2016.

We are an international group of scientists. Lab members come from many countries, including the United States, Colombia, France, Israel, Australia, and of course Germany. Although the working language is English, German and many other languages are spoken at the MPI.

Ruth Ley Bio | ruth.ley (at) tuebingen.mpg.de

MPI Project Leaders and Tandem Group Leader

Jillian Waters, Ph.D.

MPI Project Leader -
Christensenellaceae in host phenotype and metabolism


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1345

Nicholas Youngblut, Ph.D.

MPI Project Leader -
Microbial ecology of human gut methanogens


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Prof. Alejandro Reyes Muñoz, Ph.D.

MPI Tandem Group Leader - 
Universidad de los Andes 


WebpageEmail | Phone: +57-1-339-4949 ext. 2763

 

Post-Docs

Hagay Enav, Ph.D.

Postdoc - The gut microbiome in infant development and health


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Claudia Frick, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Bacterial sphingolipids in brain development


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1465

Carolin Kolmeder, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Interactions between antibodies and bacterial motility


Email | +49 7071 601-401

Victor Schmidt, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Evolutionary history of Bifidobacteria


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

William "Tony" Walters, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Microbiome community dynamics 


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

James Marsh, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Bacterial sphingolipids in host lipid homeostasis


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Sofia Esquivel Elizondo, Ph.D.

Postdoc - with Lars Angenent
Hydrogen syntrophy in human microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Taichi Suzuki, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Microbiome-host co-evolution in wild mouse populations


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Emily Davenport, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Host genetic determinants of the microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-282

Sara Clasen, Ph.D.

Postdoc - 
Host genetic determinants of the microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Doctoral Students

Jacobo de la Cuesta

PhD Student - Metagenomic analysis of the Colombian gut microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Claudia Friedemann

PhD Student - Microbiota of medicinal plants


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Stacey Heaver

PhD Student - Sphingolipid-dependent host-microbe interactions


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Zachariah Henseler

PhD Student: Structure-function relationships in flagellin-TLR5 


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Guillermo Luque

PhD Student - Outer-membrane vesicle cargo in bacterial communication


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Jaime Moreno

PhD Student: Human gut virome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Albane Ruaud

PhD Student - Ecology of Human gut Methanogens


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Jessica Sutter

PhD Student - Microbial ecology of the maize rhizosphere


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-482

Daphne Welter

PhD Student - Ecology and evolution of the genus Psychrobacter

Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Liam Fitzstevens

PhD Student


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Visiting student

Andrea Borbon

Visiting student


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Research Support Staff

Christin Eitel

Animal Caretaker


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-476

Matthias Neuscheler

Animal Caretaker


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-476

Iris Holdermann

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Athina Iliopoulou

Custodian


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-373

Silke Dauser

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-482

Karin Klein

Administrative Assistant


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-449

Ursula Schach

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-454

Katharina Vernali

Custodian


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-373

Ley Lab Alumni