Group for Aquatic Microbial Ecology (GAME)


Oct 2021: New review out on Imaging Techniques for Detecting Prokaryotic Viruses in Environmental Samples published in Viruses.

Aug 2021: New paper out on Lytic archaeal viruses infect abundant primary producers in Earth’s crust published in Nature Communications.

May 2021: New paper out on Diverse Viruses Carrying Genes for Microbial Extremotolerance in the Atacama Desert Hyperarid Soil published in mSystems.

Dec 2020: New paper out on Saccharibacteria as Organic Carbon Sinks in Hydrocarbon-Fueled Communities published in Frontiers in Microbiology

Welcome to the Group for Aquatic Microbial Ecology (GAME)

GAME investigates:

  1. Microbial and viral interactions in the terrestrial subsurface

  2. Cultivation of subsurface microorganisms

  3. Microbial communities under stress conditions

  4. Microbiome of the Antartic continent

  5. Microbiome of the Atacama desert

For more information on the projects and our funding here.


GAME in May 2019 - back row: Perla Abigail Figueroa-Gonzalez, Lara Schlootz, Panagiotis Adam, Till Bornemann, Indra Monsees, Sabrina Eisfeld, Alexander Probst; front row: Patricia Geesink (guest), Victoria Turzynski, Svenja Parge, Katharina Siems


Head of group
Prof. Dr. Alexander Probst

Room: S05 T02 A30
Phone: +49 (201) 183 - 7080

Team manager
Agathe Materla

Room: S05 V03 F36
Phone: +49 (201) 183 - 6602
Fax: +49 (201) 183 - 6603

Office hours:
Mon - Fri
9:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 14:00

Postal address
University of Duisburg-Essen
Campus Essen - Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
Universitätsstr. 5
45141 Essen