Karl O. Stetter
o.Professor i. R. Dr. rer. nat.

office:
Universität Regensburg
Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie
Universitätstraße 31
93343 Regensburg
Phone: +49-941 943-1821, -3161
Fax: +49-941 943-3243

private:
Phone: +49-89-68096548
Fax: +49-89-68096580

e-Mail:
karl.stetter@biologie.uni-regensburg.de

Professor Stetter in Kamtschatka

  • Abitur (High School Diploma), Staatl. Luitpold-Oberrealschule, Munich, 1960
  • Dipl.-Biol. (Master of Science), Technical University, Munich, 1969
  • Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), Technical University, Munich, 1973, (Microbiology)
  • Dr. rer. nat. habil., Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, 1977 (Microbiology and Botany)

  • University of Regensburg, Germany: Professor of Microbiology, Head of the Department of Microbiology ("Ordinarius") and Archaeencenter, 1980-2002. Since October 2002: Professor Emeritus at University of Regensburg
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA: Member (Professor Above-Scale) of the Faculty Life Sciences, Dpt.of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Science [IGPP], 1989-present
  • DIVERSA Corp., San Diego, California, USA: Co-Founder, 1994. In 2007 (June 20) merged with Celunol to create Verenium Corporation.
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany: Assistant Professor ("Privatdozent" and "Oberassistent") at the Faculty of Biology, 1977-1980; Lecturer ("Assistent") at the Botanical Institute (1975-1977), Ph.D. Student at the Botanical Institute (Prof. Dr. O. Kandler), 1969-1973
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany: Post Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Molecular Biology (Prof. Dr. W. Zillig), 1973-1975
  • (1985) German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology, Annual Award
  • (1988) German Science Foundation, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award (Highest German Award for Research Excellence)
  • (1994) The International Institute of Biotechnology, Medal Lecture
  • (1999) Bergey`s Manual Trust, Bergey Medal
  • (2001) The Botanical Society of Regensburg, Honorary Member
  • (2003) The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Leeuwenhoek Gold Medal (Recognition for the Most Influential Work in Microbiology in the Last Decade)

  • German Society of Biological Chemistry (GBCh), 1970 - present
  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM), 1974 - present
  • German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM), 1979 - present
  • German University Society, 1981 - present
  • International Committee on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB), 1984 - present
  • German Society of General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), 1986 - present
  • Society of German Scientists and Physicians, 1986 - present
  • International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology (ICSB), 1986 - present
  • The International Institute of Biotechnology, 1992 - present
  • Society of German Chemists (GDCh), 1994 - present
  • German Academy of Scientists „Leopoldina“, 1995 - present
  • International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL), 1996 - present
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999 - present
  • Bavarian Academy of Sciences 2002 - present

  • Systematic and Applied Microbiology, Gustav-Fischer-Verlag, Stuttgart, New York, 1992-present (Editorial Board)
  • Extremophiles - Microbial life under extreme conditions, Springer-Verlag, Tokyo, 1996-present (Editorial Board)
  • Geobiology, Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford, UK, 2000- (Editorial Board)


        Circa 330 invited lectures within the last 20 years.

        Selected Examples:

  • Lecture at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican (1996)
  • The Hopwood Lecture at the John Innes Center, Norwich, U.K. (2002)
  • Van Niel Lecture, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California, U.S.A. (2003)
  • Lecture at the Crafoord Days 2003 – C. R. Woese, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden (2003)
  • ETH Biology Lecture 2003, Hönggerberg, Zürich, Switzerland (2003)
  • Biosciences Distinguished Lecture at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, U.S.A. (2004)
  • Keynote lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology, Oxford, UK (2005)
  • Opening Lecture at the International Symposium on Extremophiles and their Applications, Tokyo, Japan (2005)
  • Lecture at the Ceremonial Annual Meeting of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany (2005)
  • Lecture at the Discussion Meeting “Conditions of the Emergence of Life on the Early Earth” at the Royal Society, London, UK (2006)
  • Lecture at the 30 Years Archaea workshop, University of Illinois, U.S.A. (2007)
  • Opening Lecture at the International Conference on Thermophiles, Bergen, Norway (2007)

Author and co-author of circa 320 scientific publications.

Selected Examples:

  • K.O. Stetter: NATURE 300, 511-513 (1982)
  • F. Fischer, W. Zillig,K.O. Stetter, G. Schreiber: NATURE 301, 511-513 (1983)
  • K.O. Stetter, G. Gaag: NATURE 305, 309-311 (1983)
  • A. Segerer, K.O. Stetter, F. Klink: NATURE 313,787-789 (1985)
  • K.O. Stetter, G. Lauerer, M. Thomm, A. Neuner: SCIENCE 236, 822-824 (1987)
  • L. Achenbach-Richter, K.O. Stetter, C.R. Woese: NATURE 327, 348-349 (1987)
  • R. Huber, M. Kurr, H.W. Jannasch, K.O. Stetter: NATURE 342, 833-834 (1989)
  • R. Huber, P. Stoffers, J.L. Cheminee, H.H. Richnow, K.O. Stetter: NATURE 345, 179-181 (1990)
  • E. Drobner, H. Huber, G. Wächtershäuser, D. Rose, K.O. Stetter: NATURE 346, 742-744 (1990)
  • B.M. Phipps, D. Typke, R. Hegerl, S. Volker, A. Hoffmann, K.O. Stetter , W. Baumeister: NATURE 361, 475-477 (1993)
  • A. Slesarev, K.O. Stetter, J.A. Lake, M. Gellert, R. Krah, S.A. Kozyavkin: NATURE 364, 735-737 (1993)
  • K.O. Stetter, R. Huber, E. Blöchl, M. Kurr, R.D. Eden, M. Fielder, H. Cash, I. Vance: NATURE 365, 743-745 (1993)
  • M. Keller, E. Blöchl, G. Wächtershäuser, K.O. Stetter: NATURE 368, 836-838 (1994)
  • R. Huber, S. Burggraf, T. Mayer, S.M. Barns, P. Rossnagel, K.O. Stetter: NATURE 376, 57-58 (1995)
  • H. Huber, M.J. Hohn, R. Rachel, T. Fuchs, V.C. Wimmer, K.O. Stetter: NATURE, 417,63-67 (2002)
  • E. Waters et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 12984-12988 (2003)

Publication list


Discovery of hyperthermophilic life at 100 °C and above (1982)
Discovery of hyperthermophilic anaerobes (1981)
Discovery, cultivation and description of novel hyperthermophilic Archaea and Bacteria: one new kingdom (“Nanoarchaeotes”), nine new orders, eighteen new genera, and over fifty new species.

Contribution to and appearance in over thirty international and national films.

Selected Examples:

  • "Life is impossible", (John Lynch), BBC Horizon, U.K. (1993)
  • "The Secret of Life. The Immortal Thread", (James Golway), WGBH, U.S.A. (1993)
  • "The Origin of Life", (B. Ritzert), Archimedes (ARTE), France& Germany (1994)
  • "Planet of Ocean", (T. Tamura), NHK TV, Tokyo, Japan (1998)
  • "Intimate Strangers", (Carl Byker), PBS, U.S.A. (1999)
  • "Die Jagd nach den Feuerzwergen" (Hunting the Fire Dwarfs), (G. Graichen), ZDF, Germany (2001)

  • Who's Who in the World, 22nd Edition (2004). MARQUIS WHO'S WHO, 121 Chanlon Road, P.O. Box 5, New Providence NJ 07974-0005
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 8th Edition (2004). MARQUIS WHO'S WHO, 121 Chanlon Road, P.O. Box 5, New Providence NJ 07974-0005

 

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