Mitja Remus-Emsermann

LecturerMitja Remus-Emsermann

Internal Phone: 95351

Qualifications & Awards

Research Interests

I am a microbiology lecturer/ assistant professor at the School of Biological Sciences and associate investigator at the Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, focussing on microbial ecology, specifically on plant-microbe interactions and investigation of bacteria at the single-cell resolution. In my lab, we are mainly interested how bacterial species grow on plant leaves (the phyllosphere), which growth pattern they exhibit and how they interact with other species that share the leaf with them. To do so, we mostly rely on fluorescence microscopy techniques such as confocal laser scanning microscopy and widefield epifluorescence microscopy. This in combination with bacteria that are either tagged with fluorescent protein genes, stained using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), or stained using fluorescent live/dead stains that allow to determine if individual bacterial cells are either alive or dead. To analyse our data we employ image cytometry and spatial statistic tools which allow us to assess pair aggregation patterns of leaf colonising bacteria.Since many leaf colonising bacteria cannot be used with the molecular toolbox available for E. coli and other model bacteria, a lot of research time in my lab is dedicated to adapt existing tools to make environmental bacteria more tractable to genetic manipulation and to effectively "make them shine".

Recent Publications

  • Gekenidis MT., Gossin D., Schmelcher M., Schöner U., Remus-Emsermann MNP. and Drissner D. (2017) Dynamics of culturable mesophilic bacterial communities of three fresh herbs and their production environment. The Journal of applied bacteriology 123(4): 916-932.
  • Born Y., Remus-Emsermann MNP., Bieri M., Kamber T., Piel J. and Pelludat C. (2016) Fe2+chelator proferrorosamine A: A gene cluster of Erwinia rhapontici P45 involved in its synthesis and its impact on growth of erwinia amylovora CFBP1430. Microbiology 162(2): 236-245.
  • Freimoser FM., Pelludat C. and Remus-Emsermann MNP. (2016) Tritagonist as a new term for uncharacterised microorganisms in environmental systems. ISME Journal 10(1): 1-3.
  • Remus-Emsermann MNP. (2016) The ecology of leaf colonizing bacteria at a single-cell resolution. Christchurch: Joint NZMS-NZSBMB conference, 14-17 Nov 2016
  • Remus-Emsermann MNP., Gisler P. and Drissner D. (2016) MiniTn7-transposon delivery vectors for inducible or constitutive fluorescent protein expression in Enterobacteriaceae. FEMS Microbiology Letters 363(16)