Dr. Dimitri Meier

Former Postdoc at DoME
Now: Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Althanstrasse 14
A-1090 Vienna

Projects at DoME:

  • Microbial dormancy. Drought survival strategies and resuscitation of desert biological soil crust communities
  • Revealing element cycling and microbial survival strategies in naturally occurring ultra-saline coastal microbial mats (New Investigator grant, Community Sequencing Project with Joint genome Institute).



Research Interests:

  • Microbial ecology and interactions, differentiation and niche partitioning of microorganisms
  • Limits of microbial life and drought survival strategies
  • Microbial sulfur cycling and interaction with iron-sulfur minerals
  • Big data analysis (“omic”) in environmental microbiology
  • Linking culture-independent data approaches to geochemical measurements and cultivation work


Currently used approaches:

  • Metagenomics (resolved by population genomes)
  • Metatranscriptomics (& proteomics)
  • Marker gene amplicon analysis
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Visualization and quantification of microorganims (fluorescence microscopy, various fluorescence in situ hybridization methods