Dr. Ullrich


Dr. Sophie Ullrich (geb. Mosler)

Dr. Sophie Ullrich (geb. Mosler)

Research Group Environmental Microbiology

Leipziger Str. 29, Zimmer 150

Telefon +49 3731 392103
sophie [dot] ullrichatioez [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de


Research projects

My research focuses on the investigation of novel iron oxidising bacteria of the genus Ferrovum. Members of Ferrovum are the dominating organisms in a pilot plant used for the remediation of acid mine water drainage. The close association of Ferrovum with the heterotrophic bacterium Acidiphilium sp. complicates the physiological investigation of Ferrovum.

To cope with this difficulty I reconstruct central metabolic pathways of Ferrovum from its complete genome sequence. Based on these findings new hypothesises can be defined which will subsequently be tested at the transcriptomic level. A particular aspect is the adaption of Ferrovum to changing environmental parameters in the pilot plant, such as the pH value, the ferrous iron concentration or the concentration of phosphate.

Curriculum vitae / education

Since 05/2012 Member of the 'GraFA-Erfolgsteam' (team of female PhD students from various research fields)
Since 12/2011 TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Research assistant/Doctorate:
'Genomic and transcriptomic charaterisation of novel iron oxidizing bacteria of the genus Ferrovum' (funding: European Social Fund - ESF)
10/2011 - 11/2011 Research assistant
Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research, Department of Environmental Biotechnology
10/2009 - 09/2011 Leipzig University
Course of study: Biochemistry
Master thesis: 'Identification of BTEX degrading microorganisms in a contaminated aquifer' (Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research Leipzig, Department of Environmental Biotechnology)
10/2006 - 09/2009 Dresden University of Technology
Course of study: Molecular Biotechnology
Bachelor thesis: 'Influence of the phosphorylation at the molecular organisation of the hexokinase 2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae' (group of Prof. Rödel, Institute of Genetics)

Memberships (research societies)

  • Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie e.V. (VAAM)