group picture at the Christmas market
At the Straubing Christmas market, December 2023.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Henrike Niederholtmeyer
Professor for Synthetic Biology

Email: henrike.niederholtmeyer “at”


  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor for Synthetic Biology, Technical University of Munich. Since December 2022
  • Emmy Noether research group leader, MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg. 2020 – 2023
  • Postdoc, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD. 2015 – 2020
  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Institute of Bioengineering, EPFL. 2015
  • M.Sc. in Biotechnology, University of Münster. 2010
  • B.Sc. in Biology, University of Münster. 2007

Lab members

Sonja Koller
Team Assistant since February 2023

Phone: +49 9421 187-399

Email: sonja.koller “at”

Marc Kolesch
Technical Assistant since December 2023

Phone: +49 9421 187-390

Email: m.kolesch “at”

Dr. François-Xavier Lehr
Postdoc since October 2020,
at TUM since February 2024

PhD: TU Darmstadt, Germany

Email: francois.lehr “at”

Imre Banlaki
PhD student since October 2020

MSc: University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Email: imre.banlaki “at”

Auksė Gaižauskaitė 
PhD student since September 2021

MSc: Vilnius University, Lithuania

Email: aukse.gaizauskaite “at”

Emma Crean
PhD student since September 2023

BSc, First Class Honours Degree: The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Email: emma.crean “at”

Jan Kalkowski
PhD student since September 2023

MSc: TU Darmstadt, Germany (thesis at MPI Marburg)

Email: jan.kalkowski “at”

At MPI Marburg

Clemens Böhm
Master student since May 2022

University of Marburg

Email: Clemens.boehm “at”

Katarzyna Lipinska
Master student since September 2022

University of Marburg

Email: katarzyna.lipinska “at”

Join the lab!

We are always excited to hear from enthusiastic postdoc and PhD candidates. Currently we have a PhD position open within the Collaborative Research Center CRC 392 on Molecular evolution in prebiotic environments. We are also looking for 1-2 postdocs for positions in our ERC and DFG funded projects. You can find more information about open positions here. For Bachelor and Master students, we often have projects available for theses or for internships. Contact Henrike if you are interested in joining.


Eric Bumüller
Master student, July 2022 – December 2023

University of Marburg

Email: Eric.bumueller “at”

Amon Becher
Bachelor student and student assistant, March 2022 – June 2023

Marburg University

Sara Gilles
Bachelor student and student assistant, December 2021 – March 2023

Marburg University

Irving Francisco
Internship March-September 2022

BSc: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México

Thibault Mercier
Internship February-August 2022

University of Paris Saclay
MSc: Imperial College London

Gülce Çelen
Erasmus+ Internship April-June 2022

MSc: Yıldız Technical University, Turkey

Arpita Sahoo
Internship April-September 2021

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

William Fischer
Internship April-June 2021

BSc: University of Konstanz, Germany