Vera Thiel

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Vera Thiel
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Department of Biological Sciences


Vera Thiel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. Prior to this appointment, she worked at The Pennsylvania State University, PA (USA) and the Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) in Kiel (Germany). Dr. Thiel's research interests focus on environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, which she approaches using different models. She started her research in marine environments, which was followed by studies of extreme environments, such as hypersaline lakes and hot spring environments. Working with Prof. Johannes Imhoff she was introduced to the art of cultivation and taxonomic study of phototrophic bacteria, which was complemented with a postdoctoral training on (meta)genomic analysis of this group with Prof. Donald A. Bryant at The Pennsylvania State University. Her current work focuses on microbial ecology in hot spring microbial mats in USA and Japan.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Oct 2015
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan Univeristy
Jan 2012
Sep 2015
Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University
Dec 2006
Nov 2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Marine Microbiology, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMAR
Aug 2002
Nov 2006
PhD student, Marine Microbiology, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMAR


Aug 2002
Nov 2006
PhD, Biology, Kiel University, Germany
Oct 1995
Nov 2001
Diploma/Master of Science, Biology, Bremen University, Germany

Published Papers

Nishihara Arisa, Haruta Shin, McGlynn Shawn E., Thiel Vera, Matsuura Katsumi
MICROBES AND ENVIRONMENTS   33(1) 10-18   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Nishida Akifumi, Thiel Vera, Nakagawa Mayuko, Ayukawa Shotaro, Yamamura Masayuki
PLOS ONE   13(1) e0191650   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Tank Marcus, Bryant Donald A.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLANT BIOLOGY, VOL 69   69 21-49   Apr 2018   [Refereed]
Orf Gregory S., Collins Aaron M., Niedzwiedzki Dariusz M., Tank Marcus, Thiel Vera, Kell Adam, Bryant Donald A., Montano Gabriel A., Blankenship Robert E.
LANGMUIR   33(25) 6427-6438   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Huegler Michael, Ward David M., Bryant Donald A.
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY   8 943   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
Bernstein Hans C., McClure Ryan S., Thiel Vera, Sadler Natalie C., Kim Young-Mo, Chrisler William B., Hill Eric A., Bryant Donald A., Romine Margaret F., Jansson Janet K., Fredrickson Jim K., Beliaev Alexander S.
MSYSTEMS   2(2)    Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Thiel V, Drautz-Moses DI, Purbojati RW, Schuster SC, Lindemann S, Bryant DA
Genome announcements   5(24)    Jun 2017   [Refereed]
A panoply of phototrophs: a photomicrographic overview of chlorophototrophs found in the microbial mats of alkaline siliceous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA
Marcus Tank, Vera Thiel, David M. Ward, Donald A. Bryant
Modern Topics in the Phototrophic Prokaryotes: Environmental and Applied Aspects. (P.C. Hallenbeck, ed)   87-137   2017   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Wood Jason M., Olsen Millie T., Tank Marcus, Klatt Christian G., Ward David M., Bryant Donald A.
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY   7 919   Jun 2016   [Refereed]
Thiel V, Tank M, Tomsho LP, Burhans R, Gay SE, Hamilton TL, Schuster SC, Bryant DA
Genome announcements   5(26)    Jun 2017   [Refereed]
Kim Young-Mo, Nowack Shane, Olsen Millie T., Becraft Eric D., Wood Jason M., Thiel Vera, Klapper Isaac, Kuhl Michael, Fredrickson James K., Bryant Donald A., Ward David M., Metz Thomas O.
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY   6 209   Apr 2015   [Refereed]
Trinity L. Hamilton, R.J. Bovee, Vera Thiel, S.R. Sattin, Wiebke Mohr, Irene Schaperdoth, Kajetan Vogl, W.P. Gilhooly, T. W. Lyons, Lynn P. Tomsho, Stephan C. Schuster, Jorg Overmann, Donald A. Bryant, Anne Pearson, Jennifer L. Macalady
Geobiology   12(5) 451-468   2014   [Refereed]
Rodionova Irina A., Li Xiaoqing, Thiel Vera, Stolyar Sergey, Stanton Krista, Fredrickson James K., Bryant Donald A., Osterman Andrei L., Best Aaron A., Rodionov Dmitry A.
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY   4 407   Dec 2013   [Refereed]
Tarhriz Vahideh, Thiel Vera, Nematzadeh Ghorbanali, Hejazi Mohammad Amin, Imhoff Johannes F., Hejazi Mohammad Saeid
Thiel V, Tomsho LP, Burhans R, Gay SE, Schuster SC, Ward DM, Bryant DA
Genome announcements   3(2)    Mar 2015   [Refereed]
Heindl Herwig, Thiel Vera, Wiese Jutta, Imhoff Johannes F.
INTERNATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY   15(1) 17-32   Mar 2012   [Refereed]
Thiel V, Hamilton TL, Tomsho LP, Burhans R, Gay SE, Schuster SC, Ward DM, Bryant DA
Genome announcements   2(5)    Sep 2014   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Huegler Michael, Bluemel Martina, Baumann Heike I., Gaertner Andrea, Schmaljohann Rolf, Strauss Harald, Garbe-Schoenberg Dieter, Petersen Sven, Cowart Dominique A., Fisher Charles R., Imhoff Johannes F.
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY   3 423   2012   [Refereed]
Thiel V, Hamilton TL, Tomsho LP, Burhans R, Gay SE, Ramaley RF, Schuster SC, Steinke L, Bryant DA
Genome announcements   2(4)    Aug 2014   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Tank Marcus, Neulinger Sven C., Gehrmann Linda, Dorador Cristina, Imhoff Johannes F.
FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY   74(3) 510-522   Dec 2010   [Refereed]
Stolyar S, Liu Z, Thiel V, Tomsho LP, Pinel N, Nelson WC, Lindemann SR, Romine MF, Haruta S, Schuster SC, Bryant DA, Fredrickson JK
Genome announcements   2(1)    Jan 2014   [Refereed]
Neulinger Sven C., Stoehr Ruediger, Thiel Vera, Schmaljohann Rolf, Imhoff Johannes F.
JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY   48(4) 411-418   Aug 2010   [Refereed]
Imhoff Johannes F., Thiel Vera
PHOTOSYNTHESIS RESEARCH   104(2-3) 123-136   Jun 2010   [Refereed]
Heindl Herwig, Wiese Jutta, Thiel Vera, Imhoff Johannes F.
SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY   33(2) 94-104   Mar 2010   [Refereed]
Goecke Franz, Thiel Vera, Wiese Jutta, Labes Antje, Imhoff Johannes F.
PHYCOLOGIA   52(1) 14-24   Jan 2013   [Refereed]
Tank Marcus, Thiel Vera, Imhoff Johannes F.
INTERNATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY   12(3) 175-185   Sep 2009   [Refereed]
Wiese Jutta, Thiel Vera, Nagel Kerstin, Staufenberger Tim, Imhoff Johannes F.
MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY   11(2) 287-300   Apr 2009   [Refereed]
Gorlenko Vladimir M., Bryantseva Irina A., Rabold Sandra, Tourova Tatjana P., Rubtsova Dariya, Smirnova Ekaterina, Thiel Vera, Imhoff Johannes F.
Wiese Jutta, Thiel Vera, Gaertner Andrea, Schmaljohann Rolf, Imhoff Johannes F.
K.R. Girja, Ch. Sasikala, Ch.V. Ramana, C. Sproer, S. Takaichi, Vera Thiel, Johannes F. Imhoff
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology   60 2099-2107   2009   [Refereed]
P. Anil Kumar, T.N.R. Srinivas, Vera Thiel, Marcus Tank, C. Sasikala, C.V. Ramana, Johannes F. Imhoff
International Journal of Systematics Evolutionary Microbiology   59 2333-2338   2009   [Refereed]
Wiese Jutta, Jiang Yi, Tang Shu-Kun, Thiel Vera, Schmaljohann Rolf, Xu Li-Hua, Jiang Cheng-Lin, Imhoff Johannes F.
Staufenberger Tim, Thiel Vera, Wiese Jutta, Imhoff Johannes F.
FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY   64(1) 65-77   Apr 2008   [Refereed]
Muscholl-Silberhorn Albrecht, Thiel Vera, Imhoff Johannes F.
MICROBIAL ECOLOGY   55(1) 94-106   Jan 2008   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Leininger Sven, Schmaljohann Rolf, Bruemmer Franz, Imhoff Johannes F.
MICROBIAL ECOLOGY   54(1) 101-111   Jul 2007   [Refereed]
Thiel Vera, Neulinger Sven C., Staufenberger Tim, Schmaljohann Rolf, Imhoff Johannes F.
FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY   59(1) 47-63   Jan 2007   [Refereed]
Bruemmer Franz, Pfannkuchen Martin, Baltz Alexander, Hauser Thomas, Thiel Vera
Thiel V, Imhoff JF
Biomolecular engineering   20(4-6) 421-423   Jul 2003   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

Diel meta-omics and microsensor analyses of cyanobacterial hot spring mats in Nakabusa, Japan [Invited]
Vera Thiel
. Retirement Symposium for Prof. Katsumi Matsuura: Energy, Evolution, and Environmental Microbiology of Photosynthesis and Bacteria.   3 Mar 2018   
From Kiel to Pennsylvania and Tokyo. Following the call of photosynthetic bacteria.
Vera Thiel
Retirment Symposium for Prof. Dr. Johannes F. Imhoff.   Mar 2017   
The dark side of the Mushroom Spring microbial mat: life in the shadow of chlorophototrophs.
Vera Thiel, Jason M. Wood, Millie T. Olsen, David M Ward, Donald A. Bryant
Annual conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)   Mar 2016   
Studying microbial diversity and functions using metagenomics and metatranscriptomics in phototrophic microbial mat communities. [Invited]
Vera Thiel
Kick-off meeting of the Photosynthetic Microbial Consortia Laboratory   Nov 2015   
Metagenomic study reveals first sulfate-reducing member of the Bacteroidetes-Chlorobi group.
Vera Thiel, Jason M. Wood, David M Ward, Donald A. Bryant
15th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-15   Aug 2015   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Metatranscriptomic analysis of a novel sulfate reducing bacterium in the phylum Chlorobi in hot spring microbial mat in Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan University: Encouraging Young Scientist Research Fund
Project Year: Mar 2017 - Feb 2018    Investigator(s): Vera Thiel
Metagenomic analysis of hot spring microbial mat communities: Discovering novel and unusual bacteria
Tokyo Metropolitan University: Encouraging Young Scientist Research Fund
Project Year: Mar 2016 - Feb 2017    Investigator(s): Vera Thiel