LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Markus Oberpaul


PhD Student

Phone: +49 641 972-19268

Email: Markus.Oberpaul@ime.fraunhofer.de

Room: A 213

Building: Fraunhofer IME - Neubau


since 2016

PHD student at the Sanofi-Fraunhofer Center of Natural Product Research

Main topic: Development of an high throughput Microfluidics/FACS driven cultivation and screening pipeline to exploit insect-associated bioresources as a source for antibiotic producing microorganisms
2015-2016 Masterthesis at the Sanofi-Fraunhofer Natural Product center of Excellence

Master of Science Biology at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Main subjects: molecular microbiology and immunology

Topic of the master thesis: Cultivation of termite nest-associated microorganisms as a bioresource for the identification of novel antibiotics

Bachelor of Science Biology at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Main subjects: molecular microbiology, immunology and biochemistry

Bachelor thesis: Isolation and immunologic-microbial characterisation of the bacterial gut microbiome of the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta

Research Interests

  • Interactions in insect-microbial symbioses 
  • Cultivation of underexplored phyla
  • High throughput screening
  • Microfluidics
  • FACS


Oberpaul M, Zumkeller CM, Culver T, Spohn M, Mihajlovic S, Leis B, Glaeser SP, Plarre R, McMahon DP, Hammann P, Schäberle TF, Glaeser J and Vilcinskas A (2020) High-Throughput cultivation for the selective isolation of Acidobacteria from termite nests. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11(597628)
Eichmann J, Oberpaul M, Weidner T, Gerlach D and Czermak P (2019) Selection of High Producers From Combinatorial Libraries for the Production of Recombinant Proteins in Escherichia coli and Vibrio natriegens. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 7:254