Samples from the desert in her luggage

Visiting researcher from Ethiopia investigates microorganisms at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence

August 09, 2017

Lulit Tilahun Wolde, a biotechnologist, loves travelling. Her research regularly takes her to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world: Dallol. Dallol is a region in Danakil Desert, north-east Ethiopia, where Lulit Wolde takes water and soil samples once a year among acid ponds and lava rock. Back home at Addis Ababa University in the country’s capital, she analyses microorganisms that have adapted and thrived in the extreme environmental conditions in Dallol. Lulit Wolde’s latest research trip brings her to a place with less extreme conditions, though: for two months she has been in Münster – as a visiting researcher at the University’s Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. She brought her samples from Dallol with her in order to make a more detailed analysis of them at molecular level in the lab of Sebastian Leidel.

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