Prof. Jörg Overmann studied Biology at the Universities of Bochum and Freiburg and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Konstanz. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and the habilitation at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (Oldenburg), he became a professor of Microbiology at the University of Munich where he also served as Director of the Department of Biology for three terms. Since 2010, Prof. Overmann is the Director of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures in Braunschweig and Chair of Microbiology at Braunschweig University of Technology. He serves as member-elect of the review board "Microbiology, Virology and Immunology" of the German Science Foundation, as appointed member of the foundation council of the Technische Informationsbibliothek Hannover, and as head of the advisory board of the Bavarian State Collections, as well as Scientific Advisor of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development and of the Catalan Institute for Water Research.
The research interests of Prof. Overmann cover Molecular Microbial Ecology and Diversity, Microbial Evolution and Genomics, and Microbial Physiology and Interactions. He received the Ph.D. award of the German Association for General and Applied Microbiology, a Postdoctoral Stipend of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, and in 2013 the Inaugural Douglas Leigh Lecturer Award by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology. To date, Jörg Overmann has published 221 papers and book chapters, acquired third-party funding of >11 Mio Euro and achieved an h-index of 44 (Scopus).