Stefan Spring was born in Munich, Germany, in 1964. He studied biology at the University of Technology in Munich, Germany, and received the Ph.D. degree in microbiology (summa cum laude) from the same university in 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he finished his postdoctoral research on magnetotactic bacteria at the laboratory of Professor Karl-Heinz Schleifer, University of Technology, Munich. Between 1995 and 2000, he was, at the same university, a Research Assistant at the Department of Microbiology, where he conducted mainly research on the identification and taxonomy of numerically abundant microorganisms in the microoxic layer of aquatic sediments. Since 2000, he has been a collection scientist at the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ, Braunschweig, Germany). Presently, Spring is a Curator of archaea and extremophiles at the Department Microorganisms of the DSMZ. His main research interests are the molecular identification of fastidious environmental microorganisms, the taxonomy and evolution of strictly anaerobic bacteria, and the analysis of metabolic pathways in genome sequenced prokaryotes. He is a Member of the German Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM).
Biography Updated on 29 November 2013