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Dr. Yosuke Hoshino

Dr. Yosuke Hoshino
Haus B, Raum 456 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

I have dual expertise in organic geochemistry and molecular biology. My scientific interests are at the intersection of these two fields.
  • Evolution of membrane lipids in the three domains of life (e.g. terpenoids, sphingolipids, GDGTs)
  • Reconstruction of Precambrian biospheres through lipid biomarker analyses
  • Reconstruction of biogeochemical cycles through isotope analyses (e.g. position-specific isotope analysis [PSIA])
  • Oxygenation history of Earth

I am an associate member of Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA).

My personal website is here.


  • 2021 -             Research scientist at GFZ Potsdam
  • 2016 - 2021    Postdoctoral scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
  • 2015 - 2016    Postdoctoral scientist at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Bremen, Germany
  • 2006 - 2010    Opt-device engineer at Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • 2015 PhD in geobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia "Investigation of hydrocarbon biomarkers preserved in the Fortescue Group in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia"


  • MAdLand - Molecular adaptation to Land, plant evolution to change
  • Evolutionary history of 2-methylhopanoid biosynthesis (HpnP)
  • Evolution of the eukaryotic cell wall biosynthesis (particularly chitin)
  • Paleoenzymology of S-adenosylmethionine synthase (MetK)
  • Ancestral sequence reconstruction of the DNA polymerase protein family


  • 2022                The Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM) Visiting Scholar Program
  • 2018                Geochemical Society, Best 2015 paper in organic geochemistry award (French et al., PNAS 112: 5915–20)
  • 2017                Agouron geobiology fellowship
  • 2014                Student Councilor, International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL)
  • 2013                Postgraduate Research Fund, Macquarie University, Australia

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