Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rüdiger Schulz

Am Botanischen Garten 5, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4226
Telefax: +49 431 880-1527

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Information about Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rüdiger Schulz


Rüdiger Schulz studied Biology at Kiel University. At the Botanical Institute he earned his doctorate in 1990 on the topic of molecular biology of the greening process in barley. 1993 he worked as a Visiting Research Associate at the Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA in a project about the structure and function of photosystem I in cyanobacteria. 1996 he completed his habilitation at the FB Biology/Botany of the Philipps-University, Marburg, in the field of general botany and molecular biology of plants with research on structure, function and adaptation of hydrogenases from oxygenic microorganisms.

Since 1999 he is professor for botany and cell biology in the department of ‘Plant Cell Physiology and Biotechnology’, and director of the Botanical Institute and Botanical Garden at Kiel University. Between 2009 and 2013 he was elected managing director of the Botanical Institute and Botanical Garden.


Research questions

  • What is the molecular, genetic, physiological and biochemical background for solar and fermentative biohydrogen production of organisms with oxygenic photosynthesis?
  • How can we make use of this natural biohydrogen production of microorganisms biotechnologically for the production of hydrogen in the technical scale?
  • How is the worldwide distribution of hydrogen producing enzymes in marine and freshwater environments and what is the ecological role of these enzymes?
  • What are the best microalgae strains for production of biomass, bioproducts and bioenergy and how can we grow these organisms most efficiently and economically?
  • How can we use modeling techniques to reach our scientific and economical goals in the area of microalgae biotechnology faster?


Current Research

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