Molecular Biology of ARCHAEA
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Molecular Biology of ARCHAEA

The central theme in our research is the assembly of cell surface appendages in archaea and their role in adhesion and biofilm formation. The model organism we study is the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius which grows optimally at 76oC and a pH of 2-4. We are interested to elucidate the regulatory response the attachment to surfaces induces in this organism.

We use genetic approaches to identify systems in Sulfolobus that are involved in the assembly of cell surface appendages and biochemically characterize the subunits and their interplay in the assembly process.

Our group is located in the Max-Planck-Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Our website from the institute is linked here and this website provides information about the institute.



It is official now: in September the Albers lab will move to the University of Freiburg!


Gosia Ajon defended her thesis at the University in Groningen! Congratulations!


Marleen van Wolferen defended her thesis! Congratulations Dr. van Wolferen!


Paushali Chaudhury startet her PhD working on the archaellum sponsored by the ERC.


Lingling Li started her PhD on Sulfolobus biofilm sponsored by the CSC,


Ankan Banerjee defended his thesis! Congratulations Dr. Banerjee!


The link to the press release about the FlaI paper.


Our joint paper with the Tainer lab about the structure of the archaellum ATPase FlaI is online at Molecular Cell.


We have started working on the ERC grant to elucidate the assembly and structural features of the archaellum.



Katerina Kapotova started her PostDoc project on the expression of archaeal membrane proteins.

For more news check out the "old news".

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