About Us

The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) at the University of Vienna combines rapidly developing research areas of high societal relevance. Our Centre consists of four Research Divisions spanning microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology and environmental systems science.

This multidisciplinary approach empowers us to comprehensively investigate those critical biotic and abiotic processes that shape our bodies, ecosystems, and our planet at large. Our research provides critical insights that address pressing global challenges, from human to environmental health.

 News from our Centre


At the University of Vienna, recipients of ERC Starting Grants (StG), ERC Consolidator Grants (CoG), and WWTF-VRG, or similar grants are eligible to...


A new study in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has detected tire additives in leafy vegetables.


On Wednesday, Thilo Hofmann will be part of an expert panel at the event "Österreichischer Aktionsplan Mikroplastik 2022-2025: From Pollution to...


DOME senior scientists Katharina Kitzinger and Daan Speth recently co-authored a landmark paper in Nature led by a team from the Max Planck Institute...


DOME is excited to announce the appointment of Barbara Bayer as a new Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). Her research focusses on the interactions...


This Friday from 17:00 the University of Vienna Biology Building foyer will become an open space for the general public to experience interactive...

 Upcoming Events

27.06.2024 16:00

Laurel Thomas Arrigo

Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Eberhard Clar Saal, UZA II

20.06.2024 16:30

Thorsten Reemtsma

Head of Department of Analytical Chemistry, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

UFZ, Leipzig, Germany


13.06.2024 16:00

Markus Holzner

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)


 Recent Publications

Sosa-Jiménez VM, Kvist S, Manzano-Marín A, Oceguera-Figueroa A. Discovery of a novel symbiotic lineage associated with a hematophagous leech from the genus Haementeria. Microbiology Spectrum. 2024 Jun 6;e04286-23. Epub 2024 Jun 6. doi: 10.1101/2023.12.21.572949, 10.1128/spectrum.04286-23

Morel-Letelier I, Yuen B, Kück AC, Camacho-García YE, Petersen JM, Lara M et al. Adaptations to nitrogen availability drive ecological divergence of chemosynthetic symbionts. PLoS Genetics. 2024 May 31;20(5):e1011295. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1011295

Awala SI, Gwak J-H, Kim Y, Jung M-Y, Dunfield PF, Wagner M et al. Nitrous oxide respiration in acidophilic methanotrophs. Nature Communications. 2024 May 18;15(1):4226. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-48161-z

Schmider T, Hestnes AG, Brzykcy J, Schmidt H, Schintlmeister A, Roller BRK et al. Physiological basis for atmospheric methane oxidation and methanotrophic growth on air. Nature Communications. 2024 Dec;15(1):4151. Epub 2024 May 16. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-48197-1