Dec 5, 2023 Online

Michael Wagner on the new Initiative ‘Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health’ and the microbiome pharmaceuticals interaction network

On 5 December 2023, we are thrilled to welcome Michael Wagner in the NCCR Microbiomes Seminar Series!

Michael Wagner is Professor and Vice Director of the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna. His research group has two major research foci: the biology of ammonia-oxidizing microbes and Comammox bacteria, and the development of innovative tools to study individual microbial cells in their natural habitats. The lab of Michael Wagner, in collaboration with the group of Roman Stocker (ETH Zurich and NCCR Microbiomes), has notably developed a microfluidics chamber for high-throughput sorting of microbial cells according to their Raman spectra for directly combining single cell stable isotope probing and single cell genomics or cultivation.

Michael Wagner has received many distinctions and awards, including the Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Jim Tiedje Award, and the Wittgenstein Award, the highest science award in Austria. Prof Wagner served as President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), from 2012 to 2014.

Prof. Wagner is now the Scientific Director of the new Austrian Cluster of Excellence ‘Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health’, launched in October 2023 to advance microbiome research, with support from the Austrian Science Fund. The Cluster brings together 30 research groups from seven Austrian research institutions to understand the basic principles of microbiomes and work towards a more sustainable future.

Michael Wagner will give a two-part talk: he will first introduce the new Cluster of Excellence  ‘Microbiomes Drive Planetary Health’ . The second part of the talk will present ‘Next generation chemical imaging based insights on the human gut microbiome pharmaceuticals interaction network’. The seminar will take place on 5 December 2023, from 12h00 to 13h00 CET. You can access this public seminar through this Zoom link.