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


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


DOME welcomes a new addition to its faculty as Shaul Pollak joins as Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). His research explores how environmental...


The single-celled organism Naegleria fowleri ranks among the deadliest human parasites. Researchers around Matthias Horn and Patrick Arthofer from...


Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association whose objective is the advancement and promotion of scholarly work in Europe. It...


Desert soil microorganisms endure long droughts in a dormant state and rely on rain events for their reactivation. An international team around Dagmar...


Luzian Hämmerle, Anya Sherman, and Thilo Hofmann from EDGE—selected among 16,000 abstracts—presented their recent study on tire wear additives in food...

 Upcoming Events

27.06.2024 16:30

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 16:30

Markus Holzner

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)


 Recent Publications

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 May 16;15(1):4151. Epub 2024 May 16. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-48197-1

Tschitschko B, Esti M, Philippi M, Kidane AT, Littmann S, Kitzinger K et al. Rhizobia-diatom symbiosis fixes missing nitrogen in the ocean. Nature. 2024 May 9. Epub 2024 May 9. doi: 10.1038/s41586-024-07495-w

Lee KS, Landry Z, Athar A, Alcolombri U, Pramoj Na Ayutthaya P, Berry D et al. MicrobioRaman: an open-access web repository for microbiological Raman spectroscopy data. Nature Microbiology. 2024 May 8;9(5):1152-1156. Epub 2024. doi: 10.1038/s41564-024-01656-3