Rebecca Bährle

Research Division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry
Field of research: Marine Geosystems

Office: 12-339
Phone: +49 431 600-1233
E-mail: rbaehrle(at)

Address: Wischhofstraße 1-3
                 D-24148 Kiel

Research interests

  • Functional metagenomics
  • uncultured microorganisms
  • Carbon monoxide dehydrogenases


Scientific Career

Since 02/2020
Ph.D. for Biology at GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomicrobiology)
ECO2nvert - Electroenzymatic CO2 reduction using recombinant CODHs from seafloor habitats recovered via an activity-based screen“ (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner)

02 - 08/2019
Master's thesis at Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands (marine Microbiology)
"Hidden molecules: Identification of sponge microbiomes and their  bioactive gene clusters as a source for new chemistry" (Supervisor: Dr. Detmer Sipkema)

2017 - 2019
Master programme of marine Biology at the University of Rostock, Germany

2015 - 2017
Student assistant at the University of Kassel, department of Zoology

2013 - 2017
Bachelor programme of Biologie at the University of Kassel, Germany

Engagements and memberships


Fieldwork and cruise participation

2022/ 2023
sampling of marine sediment in Eckernförde Bay, Baltic Sea aboard FK Littorina

2 weeks cruise on Solea (North Sea) investigating fishing techniques for Noth Sea shrimps
Thünen institut



Bährle, R., Böhnke, S., Englhard, J., Bachmann, J. & Perner, M. (2023). Current status of carbon monoxide dehydrogenases (CODH) and their potential for electrochemical applications. Bioresour. Bioprocess. 10, 84.


Selected presentations

VAAM - Vereinigung für allgemeine und angewandte Mikrobiologie
Talk: Catch me if you can - Function-based screening for novel CODH enzymes from hydrothermal vent environments and marine sediments

FEMS Conference - Federation of European Microbiological Societies
Bährle, R., Böhnke-Brandt, S. and Perner, M.
Talk: Seeking novel environmental CODHs using funcitonal metagenomic screening
Poster: How to develop a functional-based screeen for seeking novle CODH enzymes from uncultured microbes

YOUMARES 13 - conference for young marine researcher
Bährle, R., Böhnke-Brandt, S. and Perner, M.
Talk: From environmental CODH enzymes to industrial application: Development of an activity-based screen to identify novel CODHs

1st GEOMAR Science Day
Bährle, R.
Science Slam: Bacteria - Are you friend or enemy?

Vereinigung für allgemeine und angewandte Mikrobiologie
Bährle, R.*, Böhnke-Brandt, S. and Perner, M.
Talk: "Functional Metagenomics as a tool to identify novel CODH enzymes."

110th Tagung der Deutschen Zoologen Gesellschaft (DZG), Bielefeld, Deutschland
Gross, V., Bährle, R.*, & Mayer, G.
Poster: "Cell division in adult water bears (Tardigrada)"