Rudolf I. Amann


Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Abteilung Molekulare Ökologie
Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie
Celsiusstraße 1
D-28359 Bremen

Phone: +49 421 2028-930
Fax: +49 421 2028-580
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1995 Habilitation, Technical University Munich
1988 - 1989 Postdoc at the Depts. Veterinary Pathobiology and Microbiology of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA (with D.A. Stahl)
1988 Dr. rer. nat., Technical University Munich, Germany (with K.H. Schleifer)
1986 Degrees in Biology and Chemistry, Technical University Munich, Germany


Professional degrees

2001 -
Full Professor of Microbial Ecology, University of Bremen
1997 - 2001 Head of Max Planck Research Group, MPI Bremen (equivalent to Assoc. Professor)
1990 - 1996 Assistant (Professor) in Microbiology at the Technical University Munich


Positions held

2014 - 2017
Chairperson of the Biology/Medicine Section of the Max Planck Society
2012 - 2014
Chairperson of the Perspectives Committee Biology/Medicine of MPS
2007 - 2010
Managing Director of the MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
2002 - Speaker of the International Max Planck Research School MarMic
2001 - Director at the MPI Bremen, Head of Department Molecular Ecology


Fellowships and awards

2010 Elected member of the European Academy of Microbiology
2007 Elected member of the Leopoldina – German Academy of Sciences
Bergey’s Award in Systematic Bacteriology
1998 Lecturer’s Award of the German Chemical Industry
Award for Biology, Akademie der Wissenschaften Göttingen
1995 Koerber Award for European Sciences
1991 Young Scientist Award of German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)



ResearcherID: C-6534-2014; ~350 articles in peer-reviewed journals; with reviews and book chapters, in total >370; total citations without self-citations in WoS: >50,000, h-index 112.

Editorial boards

Environmental Microbiology and Systematic and Applied Microbiology (executive editor).

Reviewer tasks

Ad hoc reviewer for Nature, Science, PNAS, and all major journals in microbial ecology.

ERC-AdG panel member LS8 (2008-2015); panel chair ex-post evaluation ERC-LS8 2016.

Ad hoc reviewer for German, Swiss and Austrian Science Foundations, the German Ministry for Science and Technology, NSF (USA), NERC (UK).

Community services

Chair of Leopoldina group “Challenges and chances of integrative taxonomy” (2012-2014).

Board member of International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME) (2012-2016).

Meeting president of the German Microbiology Meeting 2013 (Bremen).


VAAM & DGHM (the two German microbiological societies), ASM, ISME.

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