Univ.Prof. Dr. Heribert Insam
"I like the gut microbes a lot,
be it with oxygen or not!"
Head of the Department of Microbiology
Heribert Insam is Full Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck. Since 30 years, climate-driven carbon dynamics in soil continues to be one of his major research interests.
His range of work, however, covers a multitude of subject areas in environmental microbiology; microbiology of composting and anaerobic digestion, soil remediation, biofilm ecology and wastewater treatment are only a few to mention. Heribert is author of more than 200 scientific papers, editor of four books and is serving as Editor-in-Chief for Applied Soil Ecology.
His Working Group Microbial Resource Management counts four PostDocs and six PhD students. Heribert is proud to be member of HiPoAF, and believes in a great future of biological pre-treatment of lignocellulosic materials with Neocallimastigomycota.
Heribert is also co-founder of the company BioTreaT (Biological Treatment Technologies) GmbH, Innsbruck and vigorously states that microbiology will be one of the major science disciplines in the 21st century.