Dr. Nicole Adam

Forschungsbereich 2: Marine Biogeochemie
FE Marine Geosystems

Office: 12-337
Phone: +49 431 600-1249
E-Mail: nadam@geomar.de
Adresse: Wischhofstraße 1-3
               D-24148 Kiel

Scientific Career

since 05/2020:
Postdoctoral Researcher at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Current project "New hydrogenases from hydrothermal vents and sediments"

12/2014 - 04/2020:
Ph. D.  at the University of Hamburg and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Topic: „Microbial hydrogen oxidation in deep-sea hydrothermal vents“ (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner).

2013 - 2014:
Student assistant at the University of Hamburg (Division of Microbiology and Biotechnology and  Institute for Soil Science)

10/2012 - 11/2014:
M. Sc. in Biology  at the University of Hamburg, major: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Master thesis: "Identification and characterization of functional RubisCOs from metagenomic libraries – CO2-fixation in hydrothermal vent systems“ (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner).

10/2009 - 03/2013:
B. Sc. in Biology at the University of Hamburg, Bachelor thesis: "Sequence-based and functional screening of a metagenomic library for hydrogenases“ (Betreuung durch Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner).

Cruise participations

M156 - research cruise with RV Meteor (Atlantic Ocean)

10/2018 & 03/2019:
One day cruises with RV Alkor in Eckernförde Bay (Baltic Sea)

INDEX2016 research cruise with N/O Pourquoi pas? (Indian Ocean)


Adam, N., Schlicht, S., Han, Y., Bechelany, M., Bachmann, J. & Perner, M. (2020) Metagenomics Meets Electrochemistry: Utilizing the Huge Catalytic Potential From the Uncultured Microbial Majority for Energy-Storage. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 8:567. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.00567

Adam, N., Kriete, C., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Gonnellla, G., Krause, S., Schippers, A., Kurtz, S., Schwarz-Schampera, U., Han, Y., Indenbirken, D. & Perner, M. (2020) Microbial Community Compositions and Geochemistry of Sediments with Increasing Distance to the Hydrothermal Vent Outlet in the Kairei Field, Geomicrobiol. J., 37:3, 242-254, doi: 10.1080/01490451.2019.1694107

Gonnella, G., Adam, N. & Perner, M. (2019) Horizontal acquisition of hydrogen conversion ability and other habitat adaptations in the Hydrogenovibrio strains SP-41 and XCL-2. BMC Genomics 20:339. doi: 10.1186/s12864-019-5710-5

Adam, N. & Perner, M (2018) Microbially mediated Hydrogen Cycling in Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents . Front. Microbiol. 9:2873, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02873

Han, Y., Gonnella, G., Adam, N., Schippers, A., Burkhardt, L., Kurtz, S., Schwarz-Schampera, U., Franke, H. & Perner, M. (2018) Hydrothermal chimneys host habitat-specific microbial communities: analogues for studying the possible impact of mining seafloor massive sulfide deposits. Sci. Rep. 8(1), 10386, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-28613-5

Adam, N. & Perner, M. (2018) Novel hydrogenases from deep-sea hydrothermal vent metagenomes identified by a recently developed activity-based screen. ISME J. 12, 1225-1236, doi: 10.1038/s41396-017-0040-6

Adam, N. & Perner, M. (2017) Activity-Based Screening of Metagenomic Libraries for Hydrogenase Enzymes. Chapter in „Metagenomics: Methods and Protocols“, Ed. Streit, W. R. & Daniel, R.; Springer New York


Selected presentations

Adam, N. & Perner, M. Novel H2-uptake active enzymes from deep-sea hydrothermal vents: evidence for the need of functional metagenomics. VAAM-Conference in Mainz

Adam, N. & Perner, M. An activity-based screen reveals novel hydrogen-converting enzymes in deep-sea hydrothermal vent metagenomes. ISME-Symposium (ISME17) in Leipzig

Adam, N., Rychlik, N. & Perner, M. Establishing a novel function-based screen for the identification of [NiFe]-hydrogenases in metagenomic libraries. VAAM-Conference in Marburg