Matthias Hess, Ph.D.

Matthias Hess

Position Title
Associate Professor
Hellman Fellow

2123 Meyer Hall


  • 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.

Research Interests

Application of cultivation- independent and cultivation- based approaches to obtain a multi- scale (from molecule to cell to population to ecosystem) understanding of microbial systems. Study how microbial systems respond to environmental changes and affect their habitats. Identification of microbes and microbial proteins of industrial and medical relevance. Elucidating the biology of anaerobic fungi and their role during anaerobic digestion of biomass.

Graduate Groups


Current Graduate Student

  • Yuki Okatsu, MS Program, Animal Biology Graduate Group. Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2017.