Dr. Julia Mitzscherling

Julia Mitzscherling
Dr. Julia Mitzscherling
Building A 71, Room 324
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28886

Function and Responsibilities:

Researcher in the section Geomicrobiology

Research Interests:

deep biosphere

microbial life in subsea permafrost

  • reconstruction and characeterization of microbial communities in subsea permafrost
  • microbial response to permafrost warming and seawater induced thawing

microbial impact on the integrity of nuclear waste repository systems

  • impact of microbes on the swelling capacity of the backfill material bentonite
  • characterization of microbial communities in the host rock Opalinus clay 


  • since 06/2019 PostDoc at GFZ, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Section Geomicrobiology
  • since 11/2013 PhD student at GFZ, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Section Geomicrobiology


  • 05/2020 doctoral degree at GFZ, section Geomicrobiology
  • 10/2013 Master of Science - Biochemistry and Molekular Biology, University of Potsdam
    • Master Thesis at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, in the Division of Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms
  • 12/2010-03/2011 internship abroad in the field Plant Molecular Biology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 11/2010 Bachelor of Life Sciences - Molecular Biology, University of Potsdam


  • 2021 ENSURE plastics in the environment - biodegradability of plastics
  • 2019 - 2020 iCross Integrity of nuclear waste repository systems - Cross-scale system understanding and analysis
  • 2013 - 2019 MicroCene Microbial Communities of Terrestrial Pleistocene and Holocene Deposits