Carsten Thoms
International Science & Early-Career Researchers

Profile of Dr. Carsten Thoms 

  • Science Manager with 8 years’ experience in coordinating research & research training consortia (German Excellence Initiative Graduate School, German Collaborative Research Center – Transregio, Indonesian marine biodiversity network)
  • PhD and postdoctoral research on environmental & biomedical topics (awarded with the prestigious Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
  • Adviser on internationalization strategies
  • Managing coordinator of major grant proposals (e.g. two €9 Million grants acquired)
  • Intercultural and diplomatic skills through work experience with various stakeholders in science and long-term stays in several countries (in Southeast Asia, USA, and Europe)
  • Key competencies: multi-disciplinary network management & international relations in science, German and international science & higher education systems, internationalization & strategy development, early-career scientist promotion & career support, grant writing, biodiversity research, marine ecosystems, natural products research, microbe-host interactions

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Current & Past Projects

  • DAAD Long-Term Lectureship at the Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia (Science Management, Research & Teaching)
  • Enhancing Marine Biodiversity Research in Indonesia - EMBRIO Initiative (
  • Collaborative Research Center / Transregio 'FungiNet' "Pathogenic Fungi and their Human Hosts - Networks of Interaction" (
  • Graduate School 'Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)' ( funded within the German Excellence Initiative
  • Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation "Cultivating the unculturable - New approaches to sponge-microbe symbioses" (
  • PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in Pharmaceutical Biology & Biotechnology on "Alkaloids in sponges of the genus Aplysina - chemical ecology and associated microorganisms" (