Christian Rinke is a Research Officer at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE), University of Queensland, Australia. He received his PhD in Zoology from the Marine Biology Department at the University of Vienna, Austria and has since shifted his focus to the microbial world.
His research interests include genomics and the phylogeny and ecology of symbiotic and free living microbes. He focuses in particular on the uncultured majority of microbes (99%) which elude current culturing efforts. This so called “Microbial Dark Matter” can only be explored with culture-independent methods. Chris pioneered methods in high throughput single-cell genomics, the separation and sequencing of single bacterial and archaeal cells, and also employs metagenomics (the direct sequencing of environmental samples) to illuminate microbial dark matter.