Prof. Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth Ley is the Director of the Department of Microbiome Science. The Ley lab was formerly in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Department of Microbiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and moved to the MPI for Developmental Biology in 2016.

We are an international group of scientists. Lab members come from many countries, including the United States, Colombia, France, Israel, Australia, and of course Germany. Although the working language is English, German and many other languages are spoken at the MPI.

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MPI Project Leaders and Tandem Group Leader

Jillian Waters, Ph.D.

MPI Project Leader -
Health effects of heritable gut microbiota


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Nicholas Youngblut, Ph.D.

MPI Project Leader -
Microbial ecology of human gut methanogens


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Prof. Alejandro Reyes Muñoz, Ph.D.

MPI Tandem Group Leader - 
Universidad de los Andes 


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Post-Docs

Hagay Enav, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Horizontal gene transfer in the human gut


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Claudia Frick, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Effects of bacterial sphingolipids


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Liz Johnson, Ph.D.

Cornell -
Sphingolipid dependent host-microbe interactions


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Carolin Kolmeder, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Genetic determinants of Bifidobacteria


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Victor Schmidt, Ph.D.

Postdoc - Evolutionary History of Bifidobacterium


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William "Tony" Walters, Ph.D.

Postdoc -
Microbiome Effects on Host Physiology


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Doctoral Students

Jessica Sutter

PhD Student - Microbial ecology of the maize rhizosphere


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Jacobo de la Cuesta

PhD Student - Gut microbiome of Colombian population


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Claudia Friedemann

PhD Student - Microbiota of medicinal plants


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Stacey Heaver

PhD Student - Sphingolipid-dependent host-microbe interactions


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Zachariah Henseler

PhD Student


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Guillermo Luque

PhD Student - Microbiome dynamics under stress conditions


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Albane Ruaud

PhD Student - Ecology of Human gut Methanogens


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-401

Daphne Welter

PhD Student - commensal bacteria with complex lifestyles


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Research Support Staff

Selma Atan

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-454

Liam Fitzstevens

Research Assistant


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-455

Iris Holdermann

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-364

Sarah Keim

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-454

Karin Klein

Administrative Assistant


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-449

Ursula Schach

Research Technician


Email | Phone: +49 7071 601-454

Ley Lab Alumni