Dr. Mühling


Dr. Martin Mühling

Postdoc/ Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter




Selected Publications



    • 2000: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Durham, UK
    • 1996: Master of Science (MSc), University of Durham, UK
    • 1990-1995: Undergraduate studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany


    • Since July 2009: Research Associate, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    • July 2005: Promotion to Senior Scientist
    • November 2002 - June 2009: Marine Microbiologist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
    • From July 2009: Research Associate, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    • December 1999 - October 2002: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick, UK
    • October 1996 - November 1999: PhD Research, University of Durham, UK
      "Characterization of Arthrospira/Spirulina strains" (Prof. Brian Whitton)
    • July - September 1996: Research Assistant, University of Durham, UK
    • June 1995 - May 1996: Master student, University of Durham, UK
      "Molecular studies on seed proteins of mature seeds of Phaseolus vulgaris"

Professional experience and expertise

    • Scientific reviewer for -
      i) peer-reviewed journals (e.g. The ISME Journal, Environmental Micorbiology, ES&T, Limnology & Oceanography, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, etc.)
      ii) the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, UK)
  • Member of the Moderating Panel for the Evaluation of grant applications to the Joint UK-US Research Program: Environmental Behaviour, Bioavailability

Successful grant applications

At the Institute of Biological Sciences, TU Bergakademie Freiberg (from July 2009)

1. GETGEOWEB - Genomic and Transcriptomic in Geobiotechnology and White Biotechnology (European Social Fund - ESF: 2012 - 2014)

2. CO2BioPerm - The influence of biogeochemical CO2 transformation processes on the long-term permeability behaviour of reservoir and cap rocks as well as of wellbore cements. (Federal Ministry of Education and Research: 2011 - 2014)

3. Solutions for Mine Water Treatment (SIEMENS AG: 2009 - 2013)

4. BRUNNTEC - Entwicklung und Erprobung einer Technologie für die automatisierte Erkennung von Ablagerungsprozessen in Trinkwasserbrunnen und eine nachhaltige Brunnenbewirtschaftung. (Federal Ministry of Education and Research: 2012 - 2014)

At Plymouth Marine Laboratory (2002 - 2009)

  • Principal Investigator:

1. An investigation into the effects of nanoparticles on the bacterial diversity of freshwater and coastal marine sediments (2008-2009; NERC: £47,000)

2. Subproject within the EU-FP7 project EPOCA - European Project on Ocean Acidification - The impact on the microbial diversity and function (2008-2011; EU: €100,000)

3. Sequencing the microbial community at the western channel observatory: seasonal changes in diversity and function using metagenomic approaches (2008-2010; Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC): £78,000)

4. "Proof of process capability" study: Establishing a process pipeline at PML for natural Product screening of marine microbes. (2008-2009; iG Peninsula: not disclosed)

5. Genome sequence analysis of a novel marine isolate of Stenotrophomonas maltophila with a novel type of Bayer-Villiger monooxygenase. (2008-2009; iG Peninsula: not disclosed)

6. Innovation Primer: Development and application of new rapid diagnostic methods for monitoring faecal contamination in coastal marine and freshwater environments (2007-2008; SEAFISH Industry Authority, UK: £5,000)

  • Co-Investigator:

1. Topography of microbial assemblages (2008-2011; NERC: £190,000)

2. SeaScreen: Expanding a Bioprocess Repertoire by Smart Marine Microbe Screening (2006-2009; Department of Trade and Industry (Dti): £310,000)

3. Aquatic microbial metagenomics and biogeochemical cycles (2005-2008; NERC: £250,000)

4. Isolation of single microbial cells (2004-2008; NERC: £355,000)