Genomic and Applied Microbiology

Dr. Robert Hertel



  Georg-August University of Göttingen
  Institute of Microbiology and Genetics
  Department of Genomic and Applied Microbiology
  Grisebachstr. 8, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
 Robert Hertel


  Room: 0.118
  Tel: ++49 (0)551 39 91120
  Fax: ++49 (0)551 39 12181
  E-Mail: rhertel(at)

Curriculum Vitae

 03/2015 - presentPostdoc, Department of Genomic and Applied Microbiology of Prof. Dr. Rolf Daniel, University of Göttingen
 10/2010 - 02/2015 Dissertation in the group of Dr. Heiko Liesegang, University of Göttingen
 07/2009 - 03/2010 Diploma thesis (equivalent to Master thesis) in the group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Stülke, University of Göttingen
 10/2006 - 03/2007 Erasmus Semester, University of Murcia, Spain
 10/2004 - 03/2010 Study of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany

Major Research Interests

  • Phage biology: What is out there: investigating phage diversity based on Bacillus subtilis
    Bacteriophages are viruses of bacteria. In this project we like to explore the abundance, as well as the morphological and genetically diversity of phages from differed habitats infecting the soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis. The findings should lead to a better understanding of phage biology and will serve as a source of information for phage based applications.

Research Project(s)


Baena Lozada LP, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2020) Phage vB_BmeM-Goe8 infecting Bacillus megaterium DSM319. Arch Virol 165:515–517 (abstract).

Furrer AD, Bömeke M, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2020) Phage vB_BveM-Goe7 represents a new genus in the subfamily Bastillevirinae. Arch Virol (abstract).

Egelkamp R, Zimmermann T, Schneider D, Hertel R, Daniel R (2019) Impact of nitriles on bacterial communities. Front Env Sci 7:103 (abstract).

Nordmann B, Schilling T, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2019) Complete genome sequence of the virus isolate vB_BthM-Goe5 infecting Bacillus thuringiensis. Arch Virol 164(5):1485-1488 (abstract).

Schilling T, Hoppert M, Daniel R, Hertel R (2018) Complete genome sequence of vB_BveP-Goe6, a virus infecting Bacillus velezensis FZB42. Genome Announc 6(8):e00008-18 (abstract).

Schilling T, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2018) Genomic analysis of the recent viral isolate vB_BthP-Goe4 reveals increased diversity of φ29-Like Phages. Viruses 10(11):624 (abstract).

Schilling T, Dietrich S, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2018) A CRISPR-Cas9-based toolkit for fast and precise in vivo genetic engineering of Bacillus subtilis phages. Viruses 10(5):241 (abstract).

Singh N, Herbig E, Hertel R (2018) Enzyme aus der Natur - Reinstwasser als Grundlage für Metagenomik. GIT-Labor 06.03.2018 (abstract).

Egelkamp R, Schneider D, Hertel R, Daniel R (2017) Nitrile-degrading bacteria isolated from compost. Front Env Sci 5:56 (abstract).

Hertel R, Meyerjürgens S, Voigt B, Liesegang H, Volland S (2017) Small RNA mediated repression of subtilisin production in Bacillus licheniformis. Sci Rep 7:5699 (abstract).

Wendling CC, Piecyk A, Refardt D, Chibani C, Hertel R, Liesegang H, Bunk B, Overmann J, Roth O (2017) Tripartite species interaction: eukaryotic hosts suffer more from phage susceptible than from phage resistant bacteria. BMC Evol Biol 17(1):98 (abstract).

Willms IM, Hoppert M, Hertel R (2017) Characterization of Bacillus subtilis viruses vB_BsuM-Goe2 and vB_BsuM-Goe3. Viruses 9(6):146 (abstract).

Wilms IM, Hertel R (2016) Phage vB BsuP-Goe1: the smallest identifed lytic phage of Bacillus subtilis. FEMS Microbiol Lett 363:fnw208 (abstract).

Hertel R, Volland S, Liesegang H (2015) Conjugative reporter system for the use in Bacillus licheniformis and closely related Bacilli. Lett Appl Microbiol. 60(2):162-167 (abstract).

Hertel R, Rodríguez DP, Hollensteiner J, Dietrich S, Leimbach A Hoppert M, Liesegang H, Volland S (2015) Genome-based identification of active prophage regions by Next Generation Sequencing in Bacillus licheniformis DSM13. PLOS One 10(3):e0120759 (abstract).

Wiegand S, Dietrich S, Hertel R, Bongaerts J, Evers S, Volland S, Daniel R, Liesegang H (2013) RNA-Seq of Bacillus licheniformis: active regulatory RNA features expressed within a productive fermentation. BMC Genomics 14:667 (abstract).