New Microbiology Faculty Member Joins College of Food and Natural Resources at UMass Amherst

December 7, 1999

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AMHERST, Mass. - Klaus Nusslein has joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor of microbial ecology. His appointment was announced by Robert Helgesen, dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR).

"We''re happy to welcome Klaus Nusslein to the University and to CFNR," said Helgesen. "He brings talents and research insights that will be of great value to students in the microbiology program."

Nusslein formerly taught at Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao. For more than a decade, he conducted extensive research on microbial communities in soil and waste water systems for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Technical University of Nagaoka in Japan, and the National Research Center for Biotechnology in Germany.

Nusslein specializes in the interaction of microorganisms with each other and with their environment, most recently with environments that are very cold. At MSU, he developed a new method to analyze a soil microbial community for its dominant and rare members. According to Nusslein, his goal is to determine the smallest space and the most extreme temperatures that will support microbial communities and their functions.

He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, U.S.A.; International Society for Microbial Ecology; Ecological Society of America, U.S.A.; Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, U.S.A.; Society for General and Applied Microbiology, Germany; and the German chapter of Federation of European Microbiology Societies.

Nusslein completed his undergraduate work at the University of Munich, in Germany. He received a master s degree at the University of Freiburg, also in Germany, and earned his doctorate at Michigan State University.