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Cyanobacteria are remarkable organisms. As the evolutionary inventors of oxygenic photosynthesis, and ancestors of today's plastids (chloroplasts) in plants, cyanobacteria did shape geochemistry of our plant like no other organism. In addition to their glorious past cyanobacteria are also a promise to the future. The potential of phototrophic carbon-consuming and oxygen-evolving microorganisms can be a key element to tackle some of the grand challenges of the 21st century, ranging from climate change, renewable chemical bulk products, to energy and food security. The group investigates the organization and function of metabolic networks. We are primarily interested in phototrophic metabolism using cyanobacteria as model organisms.

Ralf Steuer (PI), Henning Knoop (postdoc), Lars Baehr (PhD student), Marjan Faizi (PhD student)

Former members: Raik Otto (student worker), Natalie Stanford (postdoc), Stefan Muller (postdoc), Sabrina Hoffmann (postdoc), Willi Gottstein (PhD student, via CSB), Leif Blaese (Master student), Christian Beck (PhD student), Ulrich Tillich (postdoc), Stefanie Westermark (postdoc), Karolin Keil (student worker), Marco Ruegen (PhD student)


  • DFG Research Training Group "Computational Systems Biology" [as associated group]
  • Exist-Gründerstipendium „CellDeg“ (BMBF, Förderkennzeichen 03EGSBE291) [2015-2016]
  • e:Bio CyanoGrowth: Die Organisationsprinzipien des cyanobakteriellen Stoffwechsels“ (BMBF, FKZ 0316192) [2013-2017]
  • Einstein Stiftung Berlin: CyanoMetal
  • e:Bio CYANOSYS II: Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Biofuel Production (BMBF)
  • EU FP7 STREP: DirectFuel [2010-2014]
  • FORSYS-Partner: Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Biofuel Production (BMBF) [2008-2012]