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Dr. Sebastian Hess

Scientific career

  • 2019–pres. Independent Junior Research Group Leader (Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation) at the Institute of Zoology of the University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2018–2019 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne (Germany) working with Prof. Dr Hartmut Arndt (Institute of Zoology); DFG Return grant
  • 2018–2018 Postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) working with Prof. Dr John Archibald (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • 2017–2020 Adjunct Scholar in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)
  • 2015–2018 Postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) working with Prof. Dr Alastair Simpson (Department of Biology) and Prof. Dr Andrew Roger (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • 2014–2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne working with Prof. Dr Michael Melkonian (Department of Botany)
  • 07/2014 Doctoral dissertation, Botany, University of Cologne (Dr. rer. nat.; summa cum laude) Thesis: “Algivorous freshwater protists of the phylum Cercozoa (Rhizaria) – structure, life histories and evolution
  • 03/2011 Granted academic degree in Biology (Diploma), University of Bonn subjects: Botany, Limnology, Atomic and Nuclear Physics (grade: 1.0) Thesis: “Morphologie, Lebensweise und phylogenetische Charakterisierung auf Süßwasseralgen parasitierender Amöboflagellaten
  • 2005–2011 Studies in Biology at the University of Bonn

Fellowships

  • 2019–pres. Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG, HE 7560/3-1), 3+3 years
  • 2018–2019 Return grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG, HE 7560/2-1), 6 month
  • 2016–2018 Research fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG, HE 7560/1-1), 2 years
  • 2012–2014 Fellowship of the DLR Graduate Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre, Cologne, Germany
  • 2012–2014 Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) for the doctoral studies
  • 2006–2010 Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) during the undergraduate studies

Awards

  • 2015 1st poster prize at the “Black Forest Summer School on NGS data for phylogenetics”, Herzogenhorn, Germany
  • 2015 Karl Gottlieb Grell Prize for an outstanding dissertation in protistology awarded by the German Society for Protozoology, Magdeburg, Germany
  • 2014 Jahn-Bovee Award for the best student talk at the meeting of the International Society of Protistologists, Banff, Canada
  • 2014 Prize for the best student talk at the 33th annual meeting of the German Society for Protozoology, Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany
  • 2011 Irene Manton Prize for the best student talk at the 59th annual meeting of the British Phycological Society, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2010 1st poster prize at the joint congress of the German Societies for Parasitology and Protozoology, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2010 1st poster prize at the Scientific Meeting of the Phycological Section, German Botanical Society, Reichenau, Germany
  • 2005 Awarded by the city council of Wiehl for remarkable achievements (medal of Wiehl)
  • 2005 Winner of the national science competition “Jugend forscht” in Biology, Dortmund, Germany

Peer-reviewed publications in international journals

(* korrespondierender Author / corresponding author)

  • Hess S.*, Eme L., Roger A. J., Simspon A. G. B. (2019): A natural toroidal microswimmer with a rotary eukaryotic flagellum. Nature Microbiology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0478-6

  • Kashiyama Y.*, Yokoyama A., Shiratori T., Hess S., Not F., et al. (2019): Taming chlorophylls by early eukaryotes underpinned algal interactions and the diversification of the eukaryotes on the oxygenated Earth. The ISME Journal: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0377-0

  • Muñoz-Gómez S. A., Hess S., Burger G., Lang B., Susko E., Slamovits C. H., Roger A. J.* (2019): An updated phylogeny of the Alphaproteobacteria reveals that the Rickettsiales and Holosporales have independent origins. eLife 8: e42535.
  • More K., Simpson A. G. B., Hess S.* (2018): Two new marine species of Placopus (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) that perforate the theca of Tetraselmis (Chlorodendrales, Viridiplantae). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology: https://doi.org/10.1111/jeu.12698
  • Hess S. (2017b): Hunting for agile prey: trophic specialisation in leptophryid amoebae (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) revealed by two novel predators of planktonic algae. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93: 1–12.
  • Hess S. (2017a): Description of Hyalodiscus flabellus sp. nov. (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) and identification of its bacterial endosymbiont, “Candidatus Megaira polyxenophila” (Rickettsiales, Alphaproteobacteria). Protist 168: 109–133.
  • Busch A., Hess S.* (2017): The cytoskeleton architecture of algivorous protoplast feeders (Viridiraptoridae, Rhizaria) indicates actin–guided perforation of prey cell walls. Protist 168: 12–31.
  • Hess S.*, Suthaus A., Melkonian M. (2016): “Candidatus Finniella” (Rickettsiales, Alphaproteobacteria), novel endosymbionts of viridiraptorid amoeboflagellates (Cercozoa, Rhizaria). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82: 659–670.
  • Hess S.*, Melkonian M. (2014): Ultrastructure of the algivorous amoeboflagellate Viridiraptor invadens (Glissomonadida, Cercozoa). Protist 165: 605–635.
  • Hess S.*, Melkonian M. (2013): The mystery of clade X: Orciraptor gen. nov. and Viridiraptor gen. nov. are highly specialised, algivorous amoeboflagellates (Glissomonadida, Cercozoa). Protist 164: 706–747.
  • Hess S.*, Sausen N., Melkonian M. (2012): Shedding light on vampires: the phylogeny of vampyrellid amoebae revisited. PloS one 7: e31165.
  • Foissner W.*, Hess S., Al-Rasheid K. (2009): Two vicariant Semispathidium species from tropical Africa and central Europe: S. fraterculum nov. spec. and S. pulchrum nov. spec. (Ciliophora, Haptorida). European Journal of Protistology 46: 61–73.
  • Hess S., Frahm J.-P.*, Theisen I. (2005): Evidence of zoophagy in a second liverwort species, Pleurozia purpurea. The Bryologist 108: 212–218.

Monographien und Patente

  • Hess S. (2015): Algivorous freshwater protists of the phylum Cercozoa (Rhizaria) – structure, life histories and evolution. Verlag Dr. Hut GmbH, Munich.
  • Hess S. (2007): Vergrößerungsvorsatz mit Blitzweiterleitung zur Makro- und Lupenfotografie für digitale Kompaktkameras. Patent, German Patent and Trademark Office, DE: 20 2007 006 633.3.

Andere Veröffentlichungen

  • Hess S. (2015): Einzeller des Jahres 2015 – Gattung Vampyrella (die Vampiramöbe). Flyer und Poster, im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie.
  • Hess S. (2013): Medusorrhynchus gudei gen. nov. et sp. nov. – ein submerser Zwergnasling (Rhinogradentia, Mammalia). Mikrokosmos 102: 373–376.
  • Hess S. (2009): MagniFlash – der Makrokonverter mit lichtoptischer Blitzleitung. Mikrokosmos 98: 137–146.
  • Hess S. (2009): Botanische Makrofotografie mit MagniFlash. Gärtnerisch-Botanischer Brief 174: 69–71.
  • Hess S. (2008): Carnivoren kommen groß raus – Pflanzenfotografie mit MagniFlash. Das Taublatt 62: 5–23.
  • Hess S. (2007): Ein Moos fängt Tiere – Zoophagie bei Pleurozia purpurea. Teil 2: Untersuchungen in der Natur. Mikrokosmos 96: 75–79.
  • Hess S. (2007): Ein Moos fängt Tiere – Zoophagie bei Pleurozia purpurea. Teil 1: Anatomie und Biologie des Lebermooses. Mikrokosmos 96: 35–42.
  • Hess S. (2006): Leben mit Natur pur. in Bergerhoff W., Runkel U.: Mein Wiehl – Geschichte und Geschichten einer Stadt. Gronenberg Verlag, Gummersbach, 196 S.
  • Hess S., Riedel C. (2006): Im Nebel des Nocknadobar. Das Taublatt 55: 24–30.
  • Hess S. (2002): Drosera hamiltonii. Das Taublatt 44: 44–47.