Dr. Mirko Basen







Assistant Research Scientist, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Group of Prof. Dr. Volker Müller, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Bioenergetics




·       Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology), University of Bremen, 2009

 ·       Diplom (Biology), University of Konstanz, 2004




·       Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia (USA), within the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), Prof. Mike Adams, 2010 - 2015

 ·       Postdoctoral Research Associate, (Scholarship) Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, 2010

 ·       Doctoral Student, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (Germany). Studies on the “Biochemistry and physiology of sulfate reduction in the anaerobic oxidation of methane” under guidance of Prof. Dr. Friedrich Widdel (Bremen) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schink (Konstanz)

 ·       Diploma student, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (Germany). Work towards Diploma thesis “Physiological and molecular biological characterization of anaerobic oxidation of methane at an intertidal methane seepage site”. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schink and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Widdel




·       Editorial Board: Biotechnology for Biofuels (2015 - )

 ·       Editorial Board: Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2016 - )




·       Member of the Society for General and Applied Microbiology (Germany)

 ·       Member of the American Society for Microbiology (USA)




·       Physiology and biochemistry of anaerobic microorganisms

 ·       Redox metabolism and energy conservation in acetogens and in thermophilic microorganisms

 ·       Metabolic engineering of thermophilic and acetogenic microorganisms

 ·       Microbial conversion of lignocellulose at high temperature


PATENTS (filed)


1.    Basen M, Kelly RM, Schut GJ, Adams MWW. 2015. Genetically engineered microbes and methods for converting organic acids to alcohols. US Patent application serial number 14/670,601


2.    Basen M, Kelly RM, Schut GJ, Lipscomb GP, Menon AM, Adams MWW. 2014. Methods for expressing polypeptides in hyperthermophiles. US 20140248687 A1 (applied for and published)