Applied Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Electrocatalysis



RWTH Aachen

Institute of Applied Microbiology (Biology IV)

Worringerweg 1

52074 Aachen



Head of Institute


Prof. Dr. Lars Blank


Contact Person


Prof. Dr. Lars Blank


Institute of Applied Microbiology (Biology IV)

Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)241/80-26600
Fax: +49 (0)241/80-22180
E-Mail: lars.blank(at)

Working Groups/Research Fields


Applied Microbiology, Prof. Dr. Lars Blank

Microbial Genetics, Prof. Dr. Jan Schirawski

Electrocatalysis, Prof. Dr. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum

Mission Statement


Transformation of biomass as a renewable resource and safeguarding the availability of the biomass




Microbiology, Genetic Methods, Plant-Microbe-Interactions, Physiology of microorganisms, Quantitative microbiology, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Environmental Microbiology


Main research focus


Prof. Blank:

Rational engineering of microorganisms for the production of chemicals from renewable resources.


Prof. Schirawski:

Elucidation of genetic basis of host selection and symptom formation of plant pathogenic smut fungi with an emphasis on Sporisorium reilianum. Use of endophytic fungi to improve yield of biomass to energy conversion. Methods used include general and specific molecular genetic methods, fluorescence microscopy, genome and transcriptome sequencing, functional protein characterization.


Prof. Agler-Rosenbaum:

Bioelectrochemical Systems: production and use of electric power by microorganisms and applications of this principle in environmental technology and biotechnology.



Note for ERASMUS students


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Fachgruppe Biologie der RWTH Aachen

Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert - Worringer Weg 1, 52074 Aachen

Tel.: +49(0)241/80-26669 - E-Mail: henner.hollert(at)