Department of Microbiome Science, 2018

Prof. Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth Ley is the Director of the Department of Microbiome Science and a Speaker for the Cluster of Excellence "Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections" at the University of Tübingen.

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

Karin Klein

Administrative Assistant


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-449

Ursula Schach

Laboratory Coordinator


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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 601-1348

Prof. Alejandro Reyes Muñoz, Ph.D.

MPI Tandem Group Leader - 
Universidad de los Andes 


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Post-Docs

Hagay Enav, Ph.D.

Postdoc - The gut microbiome in infant development and health


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

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 601-401

William "Tony" Walters, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Microbiome community dynamics 


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

James Marsh, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Bacterial sphingolipids in host skin lipid homeostasis


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Sofia Esquivel Elizondo, Ph.D.

Postdoc - with Lars Angenent
Hydrogen syntrophy in the human microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-365

Taichi Suzuki, Ph.D.

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


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Emily Davenport, Ph.D.

Guest Postdoc - with Andy Clark, Cornell
Host genetic determinants of the microbiome


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Sara Clasen, Ph.D.

Postdoc - 
Bacterial sphingolipids and host nutrient stress response


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Doctoral Students

Andrea Borbon

PhD student


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Jacobo de la Cuesta

PhD Student - Metagenomic analysis of the Colombian gut microbiome


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Claudia Friedemann

PhD Student - with Detlef Weigel

Microbial life cycling: from plant to herbivore


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-482

Stacey Heaver

PhD Student - Sphingolipid metabolism in Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron


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: The human gut virome assessed in twins


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

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


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Daphne Welter

PhD Student - Ecology and evolution of the genus Psychrobacter

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Liam Fitzstevens

PhD Student - Parent-child transmission of human gut microbiota assessed in three populations around the world


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-473

Tanja Schön

PhD Student - Microbial ecology of the keystone gut bacterium Christensenella minuta


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-1321

Students and Visitors

Olivia Ahern

Visiting scientist


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Katharina Rahmel

Bachelor student


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Patrizia Ricca

Master student


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Research Technicians

Silke Dauser

Research Technician


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Christin Eitel

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-476

Iris Holdermann

Research Technician


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Matthias Neuscheler

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-476

Sophie Maisch

Research Technician


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Julia Rauch

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-490

Priyanka Chopra

Research Technician


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Building Staff

Athina Iliopoulou

Custodian


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-474

Katharina Vernali

Custodian


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Ley Lab Alumni