Michael Bott

Prof. Dr. Michael Bott

Leiter der Systemischen Mikrobiologie (IBG-1)


+49 2461/61-3294

+49 2461/61-2710





Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52428 Jülich

Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)

Biotechnology (IBG-1)

Building 15.21 / Room R 5045

About me

After studying biology at the University of Marburg, I obtained my doctorate there in 1987 in Rolf Thauer’s group with a thesis on carbon monoxide metabolism in methanogenic archaea. With a DFG fellowship, I moved to the Institute of Microbiology at the ETH Zürich in 1989, where I habilitated in 1998 and received the Venia Legendi for microbiology. In the same year, I accepted a professorship in biochemistry at the University of Düsseldorf, combined with the leadership of the biochemistry group at the Institute of Biotechnology 1 of Forschungszentrum Jülich. Since 2007 I am director of this institute combined with a professorship in biotechnology at the University of Düsseldorf.

My main research areas are molecular and applied microbiology. Basic research focuses on metabolism, regulation, signal transduction, and bioenergetics of industrially relevant bacteria using modern genome-based methods with the goal of a molecular and systemic understanding of these processes. Applied research aims at the development of microbial cell factories for industrially or pharmaceutically relevant small molecules starting from renewable carbon sources. Different approaches such as metabolic engineering, biosensor-based high-throughput screening, and adaptive laboratory evolution are combined to speed up the construction of efficient producer strains. These works contribute to the establishment of novel biotechnological production processes within a sustainable bioeconomy.

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