Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Schmitz-Streit


Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, R. 107
Telefon: +49 431 880-4334
Telefax: +49 431 880-2194


1989 Diploma, (Microbiology) University of Marburg
1992 Ph.D., (Microbiology) University of Marburg
1994 - 1996 Postdoc, University of CA, Berkeley, USA
7/2001 Habilitation (Microbiology) University of Göttingen

Academic Positions

1996 - 2004     Univ. of Göttingen, Dep. of Microb. & Gen.
2004 - today     Univ. of Kiel, Dep. of Microbiology

Research focuses

Our main research interests are to understand (i) regulation of nitrogen metabolism on the molecular level in Prokarya (Bacteria and Archaea), (ii) the marine nitrogen cycle, (iii) the interaction of Archaea with the human innate immune system and biofilm formation on living and non-living surfaces. Aiming to identify novel enzymes and drugs from marine environments we are further mining for novel genes by metagenomic approaches for potential biotechnological and medical use. The department provides an interactive and interdisciplinary working environment, in which we work on different scientific questions and aspects in close collaboration with other institutes in Kiel and Germany applying sophisticated and state-of-the-art technologies. Our teaching activities include Bachelor moduls (e.g. physiology and regulation in microorganisms, genetics and molecular techniques) and Master moduls (e.g. microbial diversity studies, microbial stress response and biotechnological aspects using state-of-the-art methods). Within the integrated school of ocean science (ISOS) we train Phd students interdisciplinary in several molecular aspects of marine sciences. Our department is a member of the Excellence Cluster Future Ocean, the DFG priority programme SPP 1258 on Prokaryotic regulatory RNAs, the DFG ‘Forschergruppe’ on the Prokaryotic immune system CRISPR (FOR1680) and SFB754 on Climate - Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean.

Positions and Functions:

  • Institut für Allgemeine Mikrobiologie (Sektion Biologie): Direktoren
  • Molekularbiologie der Mikroorganismen: Leitung
  • Sektionsausschuss Biologie der Math.-Nat. Fakultät: Professoren
  • Senat: Stellvertreter/innen aus der Mitgliedergruppe der Professorinnen und Professoren
  • SFB 754 Klima – Biogeochemische Wechselwirkungen im tropischen Ozean: Teilprojektleiter B4, Vorstand
  • SFB 1182 Entstehen und Funktionieren von Metaorganismen: Teilprojektleiter B2, Teilprojektleiter Z2
  • Exzellenzcluster Future Ocean: Vorstand (Education and Career)
  • Zentrum für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (ZBM) (selbständige Betriebseinheit): Beirat
  • Ethik-Kommission: Mitglieder der Stammkommission
  • Ausschuss zur Förderung des wiss. und künstl. Nachwuchses der Math.-Nat. Fakultät: Professoren (Stellvertreter)
  • Gleichstellungskommission: Professoren