Matthias Hess

Matthias Hess

Matthias Hess , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Wiley Research Fellow

Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616, USA

Phone: +1 530-752-8809
FAX: +1 530-752-0175


B.A., Microbial Ecology & Botany), University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany – 1999.
M.S.Microbiology & Limnology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany – 2004.
Ph.D., Microbiology & Biotechnology, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany – 2007.


Application of cultivation-independent as well as cultivation-based techniques approaches to obtain a multi-scale (from molecule to cell to population to ecosystem) understanding of microbial systems. The Hess Laboratory is in particularly interested in a) how microbial systems respond to environmental changes and how they affect their habitats and b) the identification of microbes and microbial proteins of industrial relevance. Biological systems studied in the Hess Lab include amongst others: ruminants, photosynthetic consortia and microbial communities associated with natural hydrocarbons.

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