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Sara Kleindienst


Leiterin Abteilung Umweltmikrobiologie


Bandtäle 2
70569 Stuttgart-Büsnau
Room: 1.030

55.) A. van Le, D. Straub, B.  Planer-Friedrich, S. Hug, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (Accepted). Microbial communities contribute to the elimination of As, Fe, Mn, and NH4+ from groundwater in household sand filters. Sci Tot Environ

54.) M. Patzner, N. Kainz, E. Lundin, M. Barczok, C. Smith, E. Herndon, L. Kinsman-Costello, S. Fischer, D. Straub, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler, C. Bryce (Accepted) Seasonal fluctuations of the rusty carbon sink in thawing permafrost peatlands. Environ Sci Technol

53.) M. Patzner, M. Logan, A. McKenna, R. Young, Z. Zhou, H. Joss, C. Mueller, C. Hoeschen, T. Scholten, D. Straub, S. Kleindienst, T. Borch, A. Kappler, C. Bryce (Accepted). Microbial iron(III) reduction during palsa collapse promotes greenhouse gas emissions before complete permafrost thaw. Commun Earth Environ

52.) Y.M. Huang, N. Jakus, D. Straub, K.T. Konstantinidis, N. Blackwell, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2022). ‘Candidatus Ferrigenium straubiae’ sp. nov., ‘Candidatus Ferrigenium bremense’ sp. nov., ‘Candidatus Ferrigenium altingense’ sp. nov., are autotrophic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria of the family Gallionellaceae. Syst Appl Microbiol, 45(3): 126306

51.) S. Abramov, D. Straub, J. Tejada, L. Grimm, F. Schädler, A. Bulaev, H. Thorwarth, R. Amils, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst (2022). Biogeochemical niches of Fe-cycling communities influencing heavy metal transport along the Rio Tinto, Spain. Appl Environ Microbiol, 88(4): e02290-21

50.) N. Jakus, N. Blackwell, D. Straub, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2021) Presence of Fe(II) and nitrate shapes aquifer-originating communities leading to an autotrophic enrichment dominated by a Fe(II)-oxidizing Gallionellaceae sp. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 97(11): fiab145

49.) Z. Yang, T. Sun, S. Kleindienst, D. Straub, R. Kretzschmar, L.T. Angenent, A. Kappler (2021). A coupled function of biochar as geobattery and geoconductor leads to stimulation of microbial Fe(III) reduction and methanogenesis in a paddy soil enrichment culture. Soil Biol Biochem, 163: 108446

48.) C. Nikolova, U.Z. Ijaz, C. Magill, S. Kleindienst, S.B. Joye, T. Gutierrez (2021). Response and oil degradation activities of a northeast Atlantic bacterial community to biogenic and synthetic surfactants. Microbiome, 9: 191

47.) A. Pienkowska, M. Glodowska, M. Mansor, D. Buchner, D. Straub, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2021). Isotopic labeling reveals microbial methane oxidation coupled to Fe(III) mineral reduction in sediments from an As-contaminated aquifer. Environ Sci Technol Lett, 8(9): 832-837

46.) N. Jakus, N. Blackwell, K. Osenbrueck, D. Straub, J.M. Byrne, Z. Wang, D. Gloeckler, M. Elsner, T. Lueders, P. Grathwohl, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2021). Nitrate removal by a novel autotrophic nitrate-reducing iron(II)-oxidizing culture enriched from a pyrite-rich limestone aquifer. Appl Environ Microbiol, 87: e00460-21

45.) Y.M. Huang, D. Straub, N. Blackwell, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2021). Meta-omics reveal Gallionellaceae and Rhodanobacter as interdependent key players for Fe(II) oxidation and nitrate reduction in the autotrophic enrichment culture KS. Appl Environ Microbiol, 87: e00496-21

44.) Y.M. Huang, D. Straub, A. Kappler, N. Smith, N. Blackwell, S. Kleindienst# (2021). A novel enrichment culture highlights core features of microbial networks contributing to autotrophic nitrate reduction coupled to Fe(II) oxidation. Microb Physiol, 31: 280-295

43.) S. Peiffer, A. Kappler, S. Haderlein, C. Schmidt, J. Byrne, S. Kleindienst, C. Vogt, H. Richnow, M. Obst, L. Angenent, C. Bryce, C. McCammon, B. Planer-Friedrich (2021). A biogeochemical-hydrological framework for the role of redox active compounds in aquatic systems. Nature Geosci, 14: 264-272

42.) M. Glodowska, M. Schneider, E. Eiche, A. Kontny, T. Neumann, D. Straub, S. Kleindienst, Andreas Kappler (2021) Microbial transformation of biogenic and abiogenic Fe minerals followed by in-situ incubations in an As-contaminated vs. non-contaminated aquifer. Environ Pollut, 281: 117012

41.) M. Glodowska, M. Schneider, E. Eiche, A. Kontny, T. Neumann, D. Straub, M. Berg, H. Prommer. B.C. Bostick, A.A. Nghiem, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2021). Fermentation, methanotrophy and methanogenesis influence sedimentary Fe and As dynamics in As-affected aquifers in Vietnam. Sci Total Environ, 779: 146501

40.) S. Rughöft, N. Jehmlich, T. Gutierrez, S. Kleindienst# (2021). Comparative proteomics of Marinobacter sp. TT1 reveals Corexit impacts on hydrocarbon metabolism, chemotactic motility and biofilm formation. Microorganisms, 9: 3

39.) S. Rughöft, A.L. Vogel, S. Joye, T. Gutierrez, S. Kleindienst# (2021). Starvation-dependent inhibition of the hydrocarbon degrader Marinobacter sp. TT1 by a chemical dispersant. J Mar Sci Eng, 8: 925

38.) M. Glodowska, E. Stopelli, D. Straub, D.V. Thi, P.T.K. Trang, P.H. Vie, AdvectAs team members, M. Berg, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2021). Arsenic behavior in groundwater in Hanoi (Vietnam) influenced by a complex biogeochemical network of iron, methane, and sulfur cycling. J Hazard, 407: 124398

37.)  D. Straub, N. Blackwell, A. Langarica Fuentes , A. Peltzer, S. Nahnsen, S. Kleindienst# (2020). Interpretations of environmental microbial community studies are biased by the selected 16S rRNA (gene) amplicon sequencing pipeline. Front Microbiol, 11:550420. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.550420

36.)  M. Glodowska, E. Stopelli, M. Schneider, B. Rathi, D. Straub, A. Lightfoot, R. Kipfer, M. Berg, AdvectAs team members, M. Jetten, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2020). Arsenic mobilization in groundwater driven by microbial iron-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane. Nature Commun, 1. doi: 10.1038/s43247-020-00037-y

35.)  N. Blackwell, C. Bryce, D. Straub, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2020). Genomic insights into two novel Zetaproteobacteria Fe(II)-oxidizing isolates reveal lifestyle adaption to coastal marine sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol, 86: e01160-20

34.)  M. Glodowska, E. Stopelli, M. Schneider, A. Lightfoot, B. Rathi, D. Straub, M. Patzner, M. Berg, D. Vu, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2020). Role of in-situ natural organic matter in mobilizing As during microbial reduction of FeIII-mineral-bearing aquifer sediments from Hanoi (Vietnam). Environ Sci Technol, 54 (7): 4149-4159

33.) S. Abramov, J. Tejada, L. Grimm, F. Schaedler, A.G. Bulaev, E. Tomaszewski, J. Byrne, D. Straub, H. Thorwarth, R. Amils, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2020). Role of biogenic Fe(III) minerals as a sink and carrier of heavy metals in the Rio Tinto river, Spain. Sci Total Environ, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137294

32.)  S. Kleindienst#, K. Knittel (2020). Chapter: Anaerobic hydrocarbon-degrading sulfate-reducing bacteria at marine gas and oil seeps. In: Teske A., Carvalho V. (eds) Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps. Springer Oceanography. Springer, Cham, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-34827-4_2

31.)  T. Gutierrez and S. Kleindienst (2020). Chapter: Uncovering microbial hydrocarbon degradation processes: the promise of stable isotope probing. In: Teske A., Carvalho V. (eds) Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps. Springer Oceanography. Springer, Cham, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-34827-4_10

30.)  E. Stopelli, D. Vu Thi, M. Tran Thi, T. Pham Thi, V. Pham Hung, A. Lightfoot, R. Kipfer, M. Schneider, E. Eiche, A. Kontny, T. Neumann, M. Glodowska, M. Patzner, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst, B. Rathi, O. Cirpka, B. Bostick, H. Prommer, L. Winkel, M. Berg (2020) Spatial and temporal evolution of groundwater arsenic contamination in the Red River delta, Vietnam: interplay of mobilisation and retardation processes. Sci Total Environ, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137143

29.)  K. Ziervogel, S.B. Joye, S. Kleindienst, S. Malkin, U. Passow, A.D. Steen, C. Arnosti (2019). Polysaccharide hydrolysis in the presence of oil and dispersants: insights into potential degradation pathways of exopolymeric substances (EPS) from oil-degrading bacteria. Elementa Sci-Anthrop, 7(1), p.31

28.)  J. Otte, N. Blackwell, R. Ruser, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst, C. Schmidt (2019). N2O formation by nitrite-induced (chemo)denitrification in coastal marine sediment. Scientific Reports, 9: 10691

27.)  C. Bryce, N. Blackwell, D. Straub, S. Kleindienst, A. Kappler (2019). Draft genome of Chlorobium sp. strain N1: a marine Fe(II)-oxidizing green sulfur bacterium. Microbiol Resour Announc, 8: e00080-19

26.)  S. Kleindienst#, K. Chourey, G. Chen, R. Murdoch, S.A. Higgins, R. Iyer, S. Campagna, E.E. Mack, E. Seger, R. Hettich, F.E. Loeffler (2019). Proteogenomics reveals novel reductive dehalogenases and methyltransferases expressed during anaerobic dichloromethane metabolism. Appl Environ Microbiol, 85: e02768-18 (featuring journal cover image)

25.)  J. Otte, N. Blackwell, V. Soos, S. Rughoeft, M. Maisch, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst, C. Schmidt (2018) Sterilization impacts on marine sediment – Are we able to inactivate microorganisms in environmental samples? FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 94: 1-14

24.)  C. Bryce, N. Blackwell, C. Schmidt, J. Otte, Y. Huang, S. Kleindienst, E. Tomaszewski, M. Schad, V. Warter, C. Peng, J.M. Byrne, A. Kappler (2018). Microbial anaerobic Fe(II) oxidation – ecology, mechanisms and environmental implications. Environ Microbiol, 20: 3462-3483

23.)  C. Bryce, M. Franz-Wachtel, N. Nalpas, J. Miot, K. Benzerara, J.M. Byrne, S. Kleindienst, B. Macek, A. Kappler (2018). Proteome response of a metabolically flexible anoxygenic phototroph to Fe(II) oxidation. Appl Environ Microbiol, 84: e01166-18

22.)  J.M. Otte, J. Harter, K. Laufer, N. Blackwell, D. Straub, A. Kappler, S. Kleindienst# (2018). The distribution of active iron cycling bacteria in marine and freshwater sediments is decoupled from geochemical gradients. Environ Microbiol, 20: 2483-2499

21.)  E. Koeksoy, M. Halama, N. Hagemann, P.R. Weigold, K. Laufer, S. Kleindienst, J.M. Byrne, A. Sundman, K. Hanselmann, I. Halevy, R. Schoenberg, K.O. Konhauser, A. Kappler (2018). A case study for late Archean and Proterozoic biogeochemical iron- and sulphur-cycling in a modern habitat – the Arvadi Spring. Geobiology, 16: 353-368

20.)  S. Joye, S. Kleindienst, T. Peña Montenegro (2018). SnapShot: Microbial hydrocarbon bioremediation. Cell. 172:1336-1336.e1

19.)  C. Tominski, T. Lösekann-Behrens, A. Ruecker, N. Hagemann, S. Kleindienst, C. Müller, C. Höschen, I. Kögel-Knabner, A. Kappler, S. Behrens (2018). FISH-SIMS imaging of an autotrophic, nitrate-reducing, Fe(II)-oxidizing enrichment culture provides insights into carbon metabolism. Appl Environ Microbiol, 84: e02166-17

18.)  G. Chen, S. Kleindienst, D.R. Griffiths, E.E. Mack, E.S. Seger, F.E. Löffler (2017). Mutualistic interaction between dichloromethane- and chloromethane-degrading bacteria in an anaerobic mixed culture. Environ Microbiol, 19: 4784-4796

17.)  S.B. Joye, S. Kleindienst (2017). Chapter: Hydrocarbon Seep Ecosystems. In: J. Kallmeyer (ed.). Life at Vents and Seeps (Life in Extreme Environments, Volume 5). De Gruyter, Walter de Gruyer GmbH, Berlin/Boston

16.)  M. Nordhoff, C. Tominski, M. Halama, J. Byrne, M. Obst, S. Kleindienst, S. Behrens, A. Kappler (2017). Insights into nitrate-reducing Fe(II) oxidation mechanisms by analyzing cell-mineral associations, cell encrustation and mineralogy in the chemolithoautotrophic enrichment culture KS. Appl Environ Microbiol, 38: e00752-17

15.)  S. Kleindienst#, S.B. Joye (2019). Chapter: Global aerobic degradation of hydrocarbons in aquatic systems. In: F. Rojo (ed.). Aerobic utilization of hydrocarbons, oils and lipids, Handbook of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology. Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-39782-5_46-1

14.)  S. Kleindienst#, S.A. Higgins, D. Tsementzi, G. Chen, K.T. Konstantinidis, E.E. Mack, F.E. Löffler (2017). 'Candidatus Dichloromethanomonas elyunquensis' gen. nov., sp. nov., a dichloromethane-degrading anaerobe of the Peptococcaceae family. Syst Appl Microbiol, 40: 150-159

13.)  S.B. Joye, S. Kleindienst, J.A. Gilbert, K.M. Handley, P. Weisenhorn, W.A. Overholt, J.E. Kostka (2016). Responses of microbial communities to hydrocarbon exposures. Oceanography, 29: 136-149

12.)  S. Kleindienst, M. Seidel, K. Ziervogel, S. Grim, K. Loftis, S. Harrison, S. Malkin, M.J. Perkins, J. Field, M.L. Sogin, T. Dittmar, U. Passow, P.M. Medeiros, S.B. Joye (2016). Reply to Prince et al.: Ability of chemical dispersants to reduce oil spill impacts remains unclear. PNAS, 113: E1422-E1423

11.)  S. Kleindienst#, S.A. Higgins, D. Tsementzi, K.T. Konstantinidis, E.E. Mack, F.E. Löffler (2016). Draft genome of a strictly anaerobic dichloromethane-degrading bacterium. Genome Announc, 4: e00037-16

10.)  S. Kleindienst, S. Grim, M. Sogin, A. Bracco, M. Crespo-Medina, S.B Joye (2016). Diverse, rare microbial taxa responded to the Deepwater Horizon deep-sea hydrocarbon plume. ISME J, 10: 400-415

9.)  M. Seidel, S. Kleindienst, T. Dittmar, S.B. Joye, P.M. Medeiros (2016). Biodegradation of crude oil and dispersants in deep seawater from the Gulf of Mexico: Insights from ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry. Deep-Sea Res Pt II, 129: 108-118.

8.)  S. Kleindienst, M. Seidel, K. Ziervogel, S. Grim, K. Loftis, S. Harrison, S. Malkin, M.J. Perkins, J. Field, M.L. Sogin, T. Dittmar, U. Passow, P.M. Medeiros, S.B. Joye (2015). Chemical dispersants can suppress the activity of natural oil-degrading microorganisms. PNAS, 112: 14900-14905

7.)  S. Kleindienst, J.H. Paul, S.B. Joye (2015). Using dispersants following oil spills: impacts on the composition and activity of microbial communities. Nature Rev Microbiol, 13: 388-396

6.)  S. Kleindienst, F.A. Herbst, M. Stagars, F. von Netzer, R. Amann, J. Peplies, M. von Bergen, J. Seifert, F. Musat, T. Lueders, K. Knittel (2014). Diverse sulfate-reducing bacteria of the Desulfosarcina/Desulfococcus clade are the key alkane degraders at marine seeps. ISME J, 8: 2029-2044

5.)  K.G. Lloyd, L. Schreiber, D.G. Petersen, K. Kjeldsen, M. Lever, A.D. Steen, R. Stepanauskas, M. Richter, S. Kleindienst, S. Lenk, A. Schramm, B.B. Jorgensen (2013). Predominant archaea in marine sediments degrade detrital proteins. Nature, 496: 215-218

4.)  F. von Netzer, G. Pilloni, S. Kleindienst, M. Krüger, K. Knittel, F. Gründger, T. Lueders (2013). Enhanced gene detection assays for fumarate-adding enzymes allow uncovering anaerobic hydrocarbon degraders in terrestrial and marine systems. Appl Environ Microbiol, 79: 543-552

3.)  S. Kleindienst, A. Ramette, R. Amann, K. Knittel (2012). Distribution and in situ abundance of sulfate-reducing bacteria in diverse marine hydrocarbon seep sediments. Environ Microbiol, 14: 2689-2710 (featuring journal cover image)

2.)  J. Graue, S. Kleindienst, T. Lueders, H. Cypionka, B. Engelen (2012). Identifying fermenting bacteria in anoxic tidal-flat sediments by a combination of microcalorimetry and ribosome-based stable-isotope probing. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 81: 78-87

1.)  B. Orcutt, S.B. Joye, S. Kleindienst, K. Knittel, A. Ramette, A. Reitz, V. Samarkin, T. Treude, and A. Boetius (2010). Impact of natural oil and higher hydrocarbons on microbial diversity, distribution and activity in Gulf of Mexico cold seep sediments. Deep-Sea Res Pt II, 57:2008-2021


Since Jul 2022 Full Professor for Environmental Microbiology at the University of Stuttgart (Germany)
Dec 2017 – Jul 2022 Junior Professor for Microbial Ecology at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
  Positive interim evaluation (equals “habilitation”) in August 2020
Oct 2017 – Jul 2022 Independent Emmy Noether Research Group Leader at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
Aug 2017 – Jul 2022 Head of the Independent Environmental Omics Group at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
Mar 2015 - Sep 2017 Junior Research Group Leader in the Geomicrobiology Group at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
Sep 2013 - Feb 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, Oak Ridge, TN (USA) and the University of Tennessee, Department of Microbiology, Knoxville, TN (USA)
Aug 2012 - Aug 2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences, Athens, GA (USA)
May 2012 Dr. rer. nat., University of Bremen (Germany)
  Title of dissertation: “Hydrocarbon-degrading sulfate-reducing bacteria at marine gas and oil seeps”
Sep 2008 - May 2012 PhD Student at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI), Bremen (Germany)
Jul - Sep 2008 Research Assistant at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Oldenburg (Germany)
Oct 2002 - Jun 2008 Diploma Studies of Biology, Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)
  Diploma thesis “Combination of microcalorimetry and rRNA-based stable-isotope probing to identify active microorganisms from tidal-flat sediments” at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)
  Diploma thesis “Combination of microcalorimetry and rRNA-based stable-isotope probing to identify active microorganisms from tidal-flat sediments” at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)


Fellowships and Awards
•    German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether Program - An Accelerated Path to Professorship
•    Fellowship of AcademiaNet - The Expert Database of Outstanding Women in Academia
•    Robert Bosch Foundation's Fast Track Program for Outstanding Women in Science
•    Baden-Württemberg Foundation's Elite Program for Postdocs for Leading Early Career Researchers 
•    Research Scholars: Marine Biological Laboratory's Microbial Diversity Course, Woods Hole, USA 

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