Team

Christian Quast

Christian is our project lead and manages the releases as well as the software development of the SILVA projects. He is a computer scientist and the main developer of the SILVA and the SILVAngs back-end pipelines. Additionally, he provides the support for large SILVAngs projects.

Additionally, he is heading the implementation of the Opens external link in new windowUniEuk taxonomy framework.

Pelin Yilmaz

A molecular biologist working on data curation and the SILVA taxonomy. She also is a co-director of the UniEUK project and supports the Bergey's Manual Trust on reconciling the taxonomy of Bacteria and Archaea on the rDNA phylogeny.

Jan Gerken

A computer scientist, working on automated taxonomic classification of rRNA sequences and the semi-automated transfer of a taxonomic classification from one tree to another. He also is the lead for the SILVA website and the associated services.

Alan Beccati

A computer scientist with a strong background in GIS. He develops the map-based, online Tree Viewer for the SILVA guide trees. Additionally, he supports the development of the SILVAngs pipeline.

Gerrit Bruns

A master of computer science from the University of Bremen. He is responsible for the implementation of the SILVAngs front-end. 

Andreea Ciuprina

After obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen, she is now working on developing the web portal for the UniEuk project.

Jörg Peplies

A trained biologist with a focus on technology development for diagnostic microarrays to identify microorganisms. He spend already many years in working with ARB at the MPI in Bremen. He is now the CTO of the company Opens external link in new windowRibocon and provides his expertise in alignments, data curation and phylogeny for the project.

Frank Oliver Glöckner

Frank Oliver had worked with ARB since he started his career in microbiology at the Technical University Munich 20 years ago. Inspired by Wolfgang Ludwig's vision to create a software that brings together biologists and computer scientists in the field of sequence analysis and phylogeny to serve the community, he initiated the SILVA project in 2005.

Students

  • Kim Philipp Jablonski

Acknowledgements

Marlis Reich

A molecular ecologist who is interested in the role of fungi in marine ecosystems. By using the SILVA database for studying fungal biodiversity, she improves the alignment and taxonomy of fungal sequences in the SILVA core set and creates sequence datasets enriched in contextual information.

Bernhard Fuchs

A molecular ecologist who wants to know "Who is out there?" and "What are they (the microorganisms) doing?". With about 15 years of ARB experience behind him he is the lead tester of the new databases and ARB versions. His team provides sequences, designs probes and curates the alignments.

The ARB development Team in Munich

Many thanks to Wolfgang Ludwig, Ralf Westram and Oliver Strunk for decades of expertise in ARB phylogeny and databases. The SILVA project could have never been realised without the long-standing support in software development and database curation by the Munich Team.

The Molecular Ecology Group at MPI Bremen

More than 30 Opens external link in new windowmolecular ecologists are working under the guidance of Rudolf Amann on diversity analysis, in situ hybridisation, cloning and sequencing. They are our extended test bed for all the developments. They provide curated sequences and new ideas for ARB and SILVA.

Former members

  • Alireza Rezaei Mahdiraji
  • Elmar Prüße
  • Karin Dietrich
  • Timmy Schweer

Former students

  • Arne Böckmann
  • David Leinhäuser
  • Irena Kuzmanovska
  • Razvan Panea