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Juergen Wiegel

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Emeritus Professor of Microbiology









Horticulture certificate

Landwirtschaftskammer Hannover, Germany



Vordiplom in Chemistry (B.S.)

Univ. of Göttingen, Germany



Diplom in (Organic) Chemistry) (M.S.)

Dept. of Organic Chemistry, Univ. Göttingen



Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology) (Ph.D.)

Dept. of Microbiology, Univ. Göttingen



Dr. habil. (Dr. Sc.)

(venia legendi for Microbiology)

Fachbereich Biologie, Univ. of Göttingen


TITLE OF MASTER'S THESIS:  "Chemical synthesis of deoxyribonucleotides and deoxyribooligonucleotides with repeating dinucleotide sequence" (engl. transl.).

TITLE OF DOCTORAL THESIS:  "a-Isopropylmalate synthase from Hydrogenomonas eutropha H16" (engl. transl.).

TITLE OF THESIS FOR VENIA LEGENDI IN MICROBIOLOGY:  "Isolation and characterization of new thermophilic anaerobic bacteria and their potential for biotechnological processes.  (engl. transl.).




Horticulturist, Gärtnerei Ev. Johannesstift, Berlin-Spandau,  Germany.


Diplom-Chemist, Institute for Microbiology (Göttingen) of the "Gesellschaft für Strahlen-und Umweltforschung, München" (Research Inst. for Radiation and Environment) and Univ. Göttingen.


(From 1977 until 1979 and 1982-1984 on the basis of leave of absence).  Microbiologist and Diplom-chemist, Inst. for Microbiology, in Göttingen, Germany.


Research Associate, Dept. Biochemistry, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. Postdoctoral advisors:  Prof. Dr. Lars G. Ljungdahl & Prof. Dr. Harry Peck


Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Univ. of Georgia, USA


Associate Professor,  Dept. of Microbiology, Univ. of Georgia


Member of Center for Biological Resource Recovery, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA,  USA

Since 1983

Member of the Institute of Ecology, Univ. of Georgia, Athens GA, USA

Since 1989

Adjunct Professor of Department of Biochemistry, and  Member of Center for Studies of Metalloproteins, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA  USA

Since 1990

Professor, Department of Microbiology


Graduate Coordinator, Department of Microbiology

Since 2002

Member of UGA Faculty of Engineering

2005 -2010

University of Georgia Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB);  Associate member.


UGA-Academy of the Environment,  Member


Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor in Microbiology




             1) Fulbright travel grant to Kristjanson, Reikjavik Iceland, 1992

             2) Included into Who's Who in Science, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World , Who’s Who in American Education  in various years

             3) Member of American Academy of Microbiology (elected Fellow 1995)

             4) Recognized through Thermoanaerobacterium wiegelii (IJSB46::123-127 (1996)

             5) P.R. Edward Award for Outstanding Service and Accomplishments in Microbiology Southeastern Branch of American Society for Microbiology, 1997.

             6) American Academy of Sciences-(elected Fellow 2007)

             7) UGA Freshman Seminar Teaching Award 2007

             8) Bergey’s Medal 2007 Award

             9) 2008  UGA-Distinguished Research Professor in Microbiology

           10) 2013  Recognized through Bacillus wiegelii  




Studied subjects


  Leucine Biosyntheis in Knallgas bacteria;

  Xanthobacter, a chemithoautotrophic microaerophilic associative N2-fixer


             Chlorophenol & PCB Dehalogenation

             Hydroxybenzoate decarboxylation/phenol carboxylation

              Isolation & Description of novel taxa     


            Isolation & Description of various novel taxa

            Ethanol Formation by anaerobic thermophiles

            Acetogenic Bacteria and production of Ca-Mg-Acetate as environmental safe deicer

            FeIII-dissimilatory Bacteria

            Alkalithermophiles with doubling times of 10 minutes

            Cellulose and Hemicellulose degradation

             Alkaline thermophilic Lipases

             Development of a rudimentary genetic system for thermophilic anaerobes




             Isolation / characterization of various hydrolytic enzymes for industrial use


Total publications:  241 plus 3 patents. (Partial available at ResearchGate)  

Detailed c.v. and complete list of publications and names of former lab members are available on request from



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