Hans-Peter Klenk obtained an M.S. degree in biochemistry (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany) and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, München, Germany, and Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany). His initial research interests were focused on the early evolution of the three domains of life, archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotes, with a special emphasis on diversity and discovery of novel extremophilic archaea and DNA-dependent RNA polymerases as molecular markers for phylogenetic analyses. With first positions in Canada and USA he contributed to the advancement of microbial genomics and later pioneered the use of genomic information for microbial systematics during private lecturer positions at Darmstadt University of Technology and Braunschweig University of Technology (from 2001 to 2014). From 2007 till his appointment at Newcastle University (late 2014), he directed an outstanding research team which guided Europe’s largest Biological Resource Centre into the genomic era.
Biography Updated on 26 November 2015