Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang
- 1993-1997 Studium der Biologie, M.V.Lomonossow-Moskauer Staatsuniversität (Diplom)
- 2000 Promotion zum Dr. rer. nat., Moskauer Lomonossow-Universität
- 2011 Habilitation in Mikrobiologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
- 2011-2016 Privatdozent, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
- 2011-2016 Heisenberg-Stipendium der DFG
- seit Oktober 2016 Professor (W2) für Mikrobiologie am Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie der WWU Münster

Lehrschwerpunkte
Mikrobiologie

Forschungsschwerpunkte
- Diverität des mikrobiellen Stoffwechsels
- Autotrophe CO2 Fixierung
- Acetat-Assimilierungswege
- Stoffwechsel der pathogenen Bakterien

Ausgewählte Projekte
- Funktionen und Eigenschaften der β-Citrat-Lyase-ähnlichen Proteine (DFG)
- Form III RubisCO in autotrophe CO2-Assimilierung in Bacteria und Archaea (DFG)
- Neue autotrophe CO2-Fixierungswege in Bakterien und Archaeen (DFG)

Ausgewählte Kooperationen
- Prof. Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, ETH Zürich
- Prof. Reinhardt Rachel, University of Regensburg
- Dr. Harald Huber, University of Regensburg
- Prof. Wolfgang Eisenreich, Technische Universität München
- Dr. Martin Könneke, MARUM Center, Bremen
- Dr. Tobias Erb, ETH Zürich / Max Planck Institute for Terrstrial Microbiology, Marburg
- Prof. Peter Schönheit, University of Kiel

Publikationen
• Mall, A., Sobotta, J., Huber, C., Tschirner, C., Kowarschik, S., Bačnik, K., Mergelsberg, M., Boll, M., Hügler, M., Eisenreich, W., and I. A. Berg. 2018. Reversibility of citrate synthase allows autotrophic growth of a thermophilic bacterium. Science 359:563-567.
• Buchanan, B. B., Sirevåg, R., Fuchs, G., Ivanovsky, R. N., Igarashi, Y., Ishii, M., Tabita, F. R., and I. A. Berg. 2017. The Arnon-Buchanan cycle: a retrospective, 1966-2016. Photosynth. Res. 134:117-131 (RETROSPECTIVE).
• Borjian, F., Johnsen, U., Schönheit, P., and I. A. Berg. 2017. Succinyl-CoA:mesaconate CoA-transferase and mesaconyl-CoA hydratase, enzymes of the methylaspartate cycle in Haloarcula hispanica. Front. Microbiol. 2017 8:1683.
• Borjian, F., Han, J., Hou, J., Xiang, H., Zarzycki, J., and I. A. Berg. 2017. Malate synthase and β-methylmalyl coenzyme A lyase reactions in the methylaspartate cycle in Haloarcula hispanica. J. Bacteriol. 199: pii: e00657-16.
• Borjian, F., Han, J., Hou, J., Xiang, H., and I. A. Berg. 2016. The methylaspartate cycle in haloarchaea and its possible role in carbon metabolism. ISME J. 10: 546-557.
• Kronen, M., and I. A. Berg. 2015. Mesaconase/fumarase FumD in Escherichia coli O157:H7 and promiscuity of Escherichia coli class I fumarases FumA and FumB. PLoS ONE 10: e0145098.
• Kronen, M., Sasikaran, J., and I. A. Berg. 2015. Mesaconase activity of class I fumarase contributes to mesaconate utilization by Burkholderia xenovorans. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 81:5632-5638.
• Otte, J., Mall, A., Schubert, D. M., Könneke, M., and I. A. Berg. 2015. Malonic semialdehyde reductase from the archaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus, an enzyme involved in the autotrophic 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 81:1700-1707.
• Probst, A., Weinmaier, T., Raymann, K., Perras, A., Emerson, J., Rattei, T., Wanner, G., Klingl, A., Berg, I. A., Viehweger, B., Yoshinaga, M., Hinrichs, K.-U., Thomas, B., Meck, S., Auerbach, A., Heise, M., Schintlmeister, A., Schmid, M., Wagner, M., Gribaldo, S., Banfield, J., and C. Moissl-Eichinger. "Grappling" with dark matter - Biology of a widespread, uncultivated subsurface Archaeon. Nat. Comm. 5:5497.
• Könneke, M., Schubert, D. M., Brown,P. C., Hügler, M., Standfest, S., Schwander, T., Schada von Borzyskowski, L., Erb, T. J., Stahl, D. A., and I. A. Berg. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea use the most energy-efficient aerobic pathway for CO2 fixation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111:8239-8244.
• Sasikaran,J., M. Ziemski, P. Zadora, A. Fleig, and I. A. Berg. 2014. Bacterial itaconate degradation promotes pathogenicity. Nat. Chem. Biol. 10:371-377.
• Fuchs, G., and I. A. Berg. 2014. Unfamiliar metabolic links in the central carbon metabolism. J. Biotechnol. 192B:314-322 (REVIEW).
• Estelmann, S., W. H. Ramos-Vera, N. Gad’on, H. Huber, I. A. Berg, and G. Fuchs. 2011. Carbon dioxide fixation in Archaeoglobus lithotrophicus. Are there multiple autotrophic pathways? FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 319:65-72.
• Khomyakova, M., Ö. Bükmez, L. K. Thomas, T. J. Erb, and I. A. Berg. 2011. A methylaspartate cycle in haloarchaea. Science 331:334-337.
• Berg, I. A. 2011. Ecological aspects of distribution of different autotrophic CO2 fixation pathways. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:1925-1936 (REVIEW)
• Estelmann, S., M. Hügler, W. Eisenreich, K. Werner, I. A. Berg, W. H. Ramos-Vera, R. F.Say, D. Kockelkorn, N. Gad’on, and G. Fuchs. 2011. Labeling and enzyme studies of the central carbon metabolism in Metallosphaera sedula. J. Bacteriol. 193:1191-1200.
• Berg, I. A., D. Kockelkorn, W. H. Ramos-Vera, R. F. Say, J. Zarzycki, M. Hügler, B. Alber, and G. Fuchs. 2010. Autotrophic carbon fixation in Archaea. Nature Rev. Microbiol. 8:447-460. (REVIEW)
• Berg, I. A., W. H. Ramos-Vera, A. Petri, H. Huber, and G. Fuchs. 2010. Study of the distribution of autotrophic CO2 fixation cycles in Crenarchaeota. Microbiology 156:256-269.
• Tourova, T. P., O. I. Keppen, O. L. Kovaleva, N. V. Slobodova, I. A. Berg, and R. N. Ivanovsky. 2009. Phylogenetic characterization of the purple sulfur bacterium Thiocapsa sp BBS by analysis of the 16S rRNA, cbbL, and nifH genes and its description as Thiocapsa bogorovii sp nov., a new species. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 78:339-349.
• Ramos-Vera, W. H., I. A. Berg, and G. Fuchs. 2009. Autotrophic carbon dioxide assimilation in Thermoproteales revisited. J. Bacteriol. 191:4286-4297.
• Berg, I. A., and Ivanovsky R. N. 2009. Enzymes of the citramalate cycle in Rhodospirillum rubrum // Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 78:16-24.
• Berg, I. A., D. Kockelkorn, W. Buckel, and G. Fuchs. 2008. Response to comment on “A 3-hydroxypropionate/ 4 hydroxybutyrate autotrophic carbon dioxide assimilation pathway in Archaea”. Science 321:342.
• Keppen, O. I., T. P. Tourova, R. N. Ivanovsky, N. V. Lebedeva, R. V. Baslerov, and I. A. Berg. 2008. Phylogenetic position of three strains of green sulfur bacteria. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 77:243-246.
• Huber, H., M. Gallenberger, U. Jahn, E. Eylert, I. A. Berg, D. Kockelkorn, W. Eisenreich, and G. Fuchs. 2008. A dicarboxylate/4-hydroxybutyrate autotrophic carbon assimilation cycle in the hyperthermophilic archaeum Ignicoccus hospitalis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105:7851-7856.
• Keppen, O. I., I. A. Berg, N. V. Lebedeva, A. S. Taisova, T. V. Kolganova, N. V. Slobodova, E. S. Bulygina, T. P. Tourova, and R. N. Ivanovsky. 2008. Chlorobaculum macestae sp nov., a new green sulfur bacterium. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 77:69-77.
• Berg, I. A., D. Kockelkorn, W. Buckel, and G. Fuchs. 2007. A 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate autotrophic carbon dioxide assimilation pathway in Archaea. Science 318:1782-1786.
• Tourova, T. P., E. M. Spiridonova, I. A. Berg, N. V. Slobodova, E. S. Boulygina, and D. Y. Sorokin. 2007. Phylogeny and evolution of the family Ectothiorhodospiraceae based on comparison of 16S rRNA, cbbL and nifH gene sequences. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 57:2387-2398.
• Erb, T. J., I. A. Berg, V. Brecht, M. Müller, G. Fuchs, and B. E. Alber. 2007. Synthesis of C5-dicarboxylic acids from C2-units involving crotonyl-CoA carboxylase/reductase: the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104:10631-10636.
• Sorokin, D. Yu., T. P. Tourova, T. V. Kolganova, E. M. Spiridonova, I. A. Berg, and G. Muyzer. 2006. Thiomicrospira halophila sp. nov., a moderately halophilic, obligately chemolithoautotrophic, sulfur-oxidizing bacterium from hypersaline lakes. Intern. J. System. Evol. Microbiol. 56:2375-2380.
• Tourova, T. P., E. M. Spiridonova, I. A. Berg, B. B. Kuznetsov, D. Yu. Sorokin. 2006. Occurrence, phylogeny and evolution of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase genes in obligately chemolithoautotrophic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria of the genera Thiomicrospira and Thioalkalimicrobium. Microbiology 152:2159-2169.
• Tourova, T. P., E. M. Spiridonova, I. A. Berg, B. B. Kuznetsov, and D. Y. Sorokin. 2005. Phylogeny of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase genes in haloalkaliphilic obligately autotrophic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria of the genus Thioalkalivibrio. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 74:321-328.
• Filatova, L. V., I. A. Berg, E. N. Krasil’nikova, and R. N. Ivanovsky 2005. A study of the mechanism of acetate assimilation in purple nonsulfur bacteria lacking the glyoxylate shunt: enzymes of the citramalate cycle in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 74:270-278.
• Filatova, L. V., I. A. Berg, E. N. Krasil’nikova, A. A. Tsygankov, T. V. Laurinavichene, R. N. Ivanovsky. 2005. A study of the mechanism of acetate assimilation in purple nonsulfur bacteria lacking the glyoxylate shunt: acetate assimilation in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 74:265-269.
• Berg, I. A., O. I. Keppen, E. N. Krasil’nikova, N. V. Ugol’kova, and R. N. Ivanovsky. 2005. Carbon metabolism of filamentous anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria of the family Oscillochloridaceae. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 74:258-264.
• Spiridonova, E. M., I. A. Berg, T. V. Kolganova, R. N. Ivanovsky, B. B. Kuznetsov, and T. P. Tourova. 2004. An oligonucleotide primer system for amplification of the ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase genes of bacteria of various taxonomic groups. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 73:316-325.
• Berg, I. A., L. V. Filatova, and R. N. Ivanovsky. 2002. Inhibition of acetate and propionate assimilation by itaconate via propionyl-CoA carboxylase in isocitrate lyase-negative purple bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 216:49-54.
• Berg, I. A., E. N. Krasil'nikova, and R. N. Ivanovsky. 2000. Investigation of the dark metabolism of acetate in photoheterotrophically grown cells of Rhodospirillum rubrum. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 69:13-18.
• Ivanovsky, R. N., Y. I. Fal, I. A. Berg, N. V. Ugolkova, E. N. Krasilnikova, O. I. Keppen, L. M. Zakharchuc, A. M. Zyakun. 1999. Evidence for the presence of the reductive pentose phosphate cycle in a filamentous anoxygenic photosynthetic bacterium Oscillochloris trichoides strain DG-6. Microbiology 145:1743-1748.
• Ivanovskii, R. N., E. N. Krasil'nikova, and I. A. Berg. 1997. The mechanism of acetate assimilation in the purple nonsulfur bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum lacking isocitrate lyase. Microbiology (translated from Mikrobiologiya) 66:744-749.
• Ivanovsky, R. N., E. N. Krasilnikova, and I. A. Berg. 1997. A proposed citramalate cycle for acetate assimilation in the purple non-sulfur bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 153:399-404.