Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Tal Dagan


Kiel University Institute for General Microbiology




2005 – 2011
Habilitation in Microbiology, Heinrich-Heine-University (HHU) Düsseldorf

2001 – 2005
Ph.D. in Molecular Evolution, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

1999 – 2000
M.Sc. in Molecular Evolution, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

1996 – 1998
B.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

1990 – 1995
Programmer, Israeli Defense Force

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

Since 2013
Professor (W3) of Genomic Microbiology, CAU Kiel

2012 – 2013
Professor (W2) of Genomic Microbiology, HHU Düsseldorf

2011 – 2012
Research fellow, Institute of Molecular Evolution, HHU Düsseldorf

2005 – 2011
Research assistant, Institute of Molecular Evolution, HHU Düsseldorf

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

Since 2013
Head of genomics section – Biology Direct

Since 2012
Associate editor – Genome Biology and Evolution

Best Habilitation prize, HHU Düsseldorf

Grantee of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant

Ulrich-Hadding Prize, BMFZ, HHU Düsseldorf





FeaturedComparative analysis of amplicon and metagenomic sequencing methods reveals key features in the evolution of animal metaorganisms

Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Hermes BM, Doms S, Dagan T, Dierking K, Domin H, Fraune S, von Frieling J, Hentschel U, Heinsen F-A, Höppner M, Jahn MT, Jaspers C, Kissoyan KAB, Langfeldt D, Rehman A, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Soluch R, Sommer F, Stukenbrock E, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Bosch T, Baines JF (2019) Microbiome, doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0743-1

Higher stochasticity of microbiota composition in seedlings of domesticated wheat compared to wild wheat

Ozkurt E, Hassani M A, Sesiz U, Kuenzel S, Dagan T, Ozkan H, Stukenbrock E (2019) BioRxiv doi: 10.1101/685164

Currency, Exchange, and Inheritance in the Evolution of Symbiosis

Wein T, Romero Picazo D, Blow F, Woehle C, Jami E, Reusch TBH, Martin WF, Dagan T (2019) Trends in Microbiology doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.05.010


Carrying capacity and colonization dynamics of Curvibacter in the Hydra host habitat

Wein T, Dagan T, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Reusch TBH and Hülter NF (2018) Front. Microbiol.

Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation?

Bang C, Dagan T, Deines P, Dubilier N, Duschl W J, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Hirt H, Hülter N, Lachnit T, Picazo D, Galan P L, Pogoreutz C, Rädecker N, Saad M M, Schmitz R A, Schulenburg H, Voolstra C R, Weiland-Bräuer N, Ziegler M, Bosch T C G (2018); Zoology, doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.02.004