Meet the team



Lisa Maier


is interested in all microorganisms that live in and on our bodies, especially those that are still almost unexplored. After a degree in biochemistry, a PhD in microbiology and a postdoc in systems microbiology, Lisa started her own lab in 2019. In 2022, she was appointed full professor for Microbiome-Host Interactions at the University of Tübingen.

Lab Members

Taiyeb Zahir


Taiyeb studied Chemical Engineering for his Bachelors and Masters in IIT Bombay, India. Thereafter, he pursued a PhD in Bioscience Engineering in Jan Michiels lab (KU Leuven, Belgium). After finishing the PhD in 2019, he joined Lisa’s group.

Nermin Akduman


Nermin received her BA in biology from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and graduated with a master's degree in molecular microbiology from the Seoul National University in South Korea. After completing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, she joined Lisa’s lab in 2020.

Lena Michaelis

Project Manager

Lena Michaelis graduated with a MSc in Medical Biology from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2016. She earned her PhD in the lab of Julia Frick (IMIT, Tübingen) in June 2021 where she investigated the influence of gut commensals on the immune system. She joined the lab in July 2021.

Anne Grießhammer


Anne obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Würzburg focusing on parasite cell biology in the Brehm lab. In Tübingen, she graduated with a Master’s degree in immunology and cell biology. During her Master theses, she fell in love with microbes and joined the Maier lab in 2019.

Patrick Müller


Patrick obtained his Master's degree in Molecular Medicine from the University of Tübingen and is currently pursuing his PhD in Lisa’s lab. He works on a joint project together with Bastian Molitor’s lab (Environmental Biotechnology) within the CMFI Cluster of Excellence.

Melanie Brauny


Melanie started her PhD at the beginning of 2022, following her studies of Molecular Medicine at the University of Tübingen. After working in the field of tropical medicine and radiation biology/oncology, she finally settled for the exploration of the human gut microbiome.

Cordula Gekeler

Lab Manager

Cordula holds a Diploma in Biology and has several years of experience as research technician in microbiology laboratories. She was the very first member of Lisa's lab and helped build the lab from scratch.

Nalini Rama Rao

PI on Sabbatical

Nalini is a Research Director at the Micalis Institute (INRA, France), where she leads the PIMs (Pathogen Interaction with Macrophages) team. She is currently spending a two-year sabbatical in Lisa's lab.

Thomas Hagemann


Thomas did his Bachelor in Science and Master in microbiology studies at the Universidad de Chile. He is a visiting PhD student (AG Frick) who is currently putting the finishing touches on his PhD thesis.


Katharina Schmitt (2021)

Patrick Müller (2020)

Paula Gallardo Villanueva (2021)

Jan-Philipp Wittlinger (2021)

Jérôme-Maurice Dobrowolski (2021)

Melanie Brauny (2020)

Katharina Schmitt (2020)

Patrick Müller (2019)

Delphine Cormontagne (2022)

Viola Ueltzhöffer (2019)