Dr. rer. nat. Ali Nawaz










Microbial systems

Curriculum Vitae

since 2020 Post-Doc in group of Microbial Systems at the Chair of Urban
Water Systems Engineering (TUM)
2019 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Leipzig
2018 - 2020 Research Associate, Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle (Saale), Germany
2014 - 2018 Research Associate and PhD Candidate, Department of Soil Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle (Saale), Germany
2013 Master of Science (M.Sc.) Microbiology, University of Jena, Germany
2012 - 2013 Research student in the Department of Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI), Jena, Germany
2006 - 2010 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Honors) Biotechnology, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) Lahore, Pakistan

Fields of Research

  • Microbial ecology of aquatic and terrestrial habitats
  • Functional microbial diversity
  • Applications of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) tools in studying interactions between Pro and Eukaryotes in soils, plants and natural as well in engineered water systems



Nawaz A., Purahong W., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Buscot F., Wubet T. (2019). DNA- and RNA-derived fungal communities in subsurface aquifers only partly overlap but react similarly to environmental factors. Microorganisms, 7(9), 341


Nawaz A., Purahong W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Totsche K.U., Küsel K., Wubet T., Buscot F. (2018). First insights into the living groundwater mycobiome of the terrestrial biogeosphere. Water Research 145: 50-61.


Narr A., Nawaz A., Wick LY., Harms H., Chatzinotas A. (2017). Soil viral communities vary temporally and along a land use transect as revealed by virus-like particle counting and a modified community fingerprinting approach (fRAPD). Frontiers in Microbiology 8:1975.

Lazar C.S., Stoll W., Lehmann L., Hermann, M., Schwab V.F., Akob D.M., Nawaz A., Wubet T., Buscot F., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017). Archaeal Diversity and CO2 Fixers in Carbonate-/Siliciclastic-Rock Groundwater Ecosystems. Archaea, vol. 2017, Article ID 2136287.


Nawaz A., Purahong W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Kusel K., Totsche K.U., Buscot F., Wubet T. (2016). Superimposed pristine limestone aquifers with marked hydrochemical differences exhibit distinct fungal communities. Frontiers in Microbiology 7, 666.


Groten K., Nawaz A., Nguyen N.H., Santhanam R., Baldwin I.T. (2015). Silencing a key gene of the common symbiosis pathway in Nicotiana attenuata specifically impairs arbuscular mycorrhizal infection without influencing the root-associated microbiome or plant growth. Plant Cell & Environment 38, 2398-2416.

Conference Papers / Posters

Marjanovic Z. S., Nawaz A*., Wubet T. Root mycobiome of different truffle producing forest types in Serbian lowlands. ICOM10, International Conference on Mycorrhiza, Merida, Mexico, Jun 2019

Singavarapu B*., Nawaz A., Bruelheide H., Wubet T. Neighbour diversity affects the rhizosphere microbiome assemblages of tree species pairs in subtropical forest ecosystem. Rhizosphere 5, Saskatoon, Canada, Jul 2019

Nawaz A*., Purahong W., Buscot F., Wubet T. Influence of forest management practices on bacterial community dynamics. BAGECO14, Bacterial Genetics and Ecology, Aberdeen, Scotland, Jun 2107

Nawaz A*., Buscot F., Wubet T. Does distance from the surface and local hydrochemistry affects the fungal community structures in subsurface limestone aquifers? ISME 16, Montreal, Canada, Aug 2016

Nawaz A*., Buscot F., Wubet T. First insights into the fungal communities of terrestrial subsurface karstic aquifers in the Earth’s Critical Zone. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, SAME 14, Uppsala, Sweden, Aug 2015

Nawaz A*., Buscot F., Wubet T. Aquatic fungi: an important but a neglected component of freshwater aquifers in the Earth’s Critical Zone. IP11, Emerging Ecosystems, UFZ-Leipzig, Germany, 2015

Nawaz A., Groten K*., Baldwin I.T. A new approach to study the effect of arbuscular mycorrhiza in the field. Botanikertagung 2013, Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, Tübingen, Germany, Oct 2013

Gase K*., Schäfer M., Rahman J., Rothe E., Yon F., Joo Y., Nawaz A., Groten K., Kim S.G., Baldwin I.T. New manipulative tools to study ecological interactions in Nicotiana attenuata. ICE Symposium, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, Sep 2013

*Presenting author

Conference Contributions (Talks)

Nawaz A*., Buscot F., Wubet T. Are subsurface fungal communities reflections of surface fungal communities? MiCom, 6th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists, Jena, Germany, Mar 2017