Jun. Prof. Dr. Susanne Liebner

Susanne Liebner
Jun. Prof. Dr. Susanne Liebner
Junior Group Leader
Building C, Room 423
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28817
+49 331 288-28802

Function and Responsibilities:

o    Leader of the Helmholtz Young Investigators Research Group MicroCene

Research Interests:

Molecular Microbial Ecology of Peat and Permafrost Environments:

o   Microbial methane cycle and functional repertoire of subsea permafrost on the East Siberian Laptev Shelf  (MicroCene

o    Microbial symbionts of arctic peat mosses (ArcBiont)

o    Microbial communities of the methane cycle in peatlands (e.g. Subarctic methanotrophic communities)

o  Diversity, activity and gene expression of methane oxidizing bacteria


2003 diploma in Environmental Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany. 2005 Master of Science in Marine Microbiology as member of the International Max Planck Research School "MarMic". 2008 doctoral degree at the University of Bremen, Germany, with a PhD conducted at the Alfred Wegener Insititute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam ,Germany. 2008-2012 PostDoc at the ETH Zurich in the Group of Environmental Microbiology and at the University of Tromsø in the Molecular Environment Group. Since 2013 leader of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Research Group ( MicroCene) at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Centre for Geosciences GFZ . Since 2014 Assistant Professor at the University of Potsdam together with the GFZ Potsdam.


o    Microbial Communities of Terrestrial Pleistocene and Holocene Deposits (MicroCene)

o    ArcBiont (HGF International Research Group)

o    Terrestrial Environmental Observatories (TERENO)


o    2013 – 2017 Helmholtz Young Investigators Research Group

o    2008 – 2010 PostDoc Scholarship DAAD

o    Winner of the PhD award of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) 2009