My first contact with anaerobic microbiology/biotechnology was during my Master’s Thesis, which I finished early in 2023. During this work, I operated and optimized an anaerobic trickle bed reactor for biological methanogenesis. Additionally, I conducted my first experiments in serum bottles with a mixed methanogenic culture to test nutrient requirements of the reactor.
As this thesis took place in the FUNGAS partner lab at ZHAW, I also encountered the anaerobic fungi and was fascinated by their remarkable metabolism and syntrophic relationship to the methanogenic archaea. Eager to delve deeper into the realms of biotechnology and microbiology, I am thrilled to embark on a new chapter as a Ph.D. candidate in the FUNGAS project. I am looking forward to translating the knowledge from basic research to real-world applications.