Dr. Simone Heyen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Phone: +49-(0)441-798-3627

Room: W15 2-236

Dr. Simone Heyen

Research Interest

My research focuses on the analysis of the metabolome in the digestive system of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. Applying a variety of analytical techniques, including high resolution mass spectrometry, I am investigating the composition of intact phospholipids, fatty acids, sterols, amino acids, quinones, coenzyme A thioesters and B vitamins in this key species of the Southern Ocean.

Academic Career

Since Feb 2021

Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, working group Organic Geochemistry

Jan 2017 – Dez 2020

PhD at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, working group Organic Geochemistry

Okt 2014 – Sep 2016 M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover
Sep 2011 – Aug 2014 B.Sc. in Forensic Sciences, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Rheinbach

Research Experience

Apr 2016 – Sep 2016

Internship at the State Office of Criminal Investigation Lower Saxony, Department of Fire, Environmental, Electrical and general Chemistry, Hannover

Mär 2015 – Aug 2015

Scientific assistant at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Leibniz University Hannover

Mär 2014 – Mai 2014

Internship at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Toxicology, Hannover Medical School


  • Heyen, S., Scholz-Böttcher, B. M., Rabus, R., and Wilkes, H. 2021. Release of carboxylic acids into the exometabolome during anaerobic growth of a denitrifying bacterium with single substrates or crude oil. Organic Geochemistry 154: 104179. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2020.104179.
  • Heyen, S., Scholz-Böttcher, B. M., Rabus, R. and Wilkes, H. 2020. Method development and validation for the quantification of organic acids in microbial samples using anionic exchange solid-phase extraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 412: 7491–7503. doi:10.1007/s00216-020-02883-3
  • Küppers, J., Mitschke, N., Heyen, S., Rabus, R., Wilkes, H. and Christoffers, J. 2020. Metabolites of the anaerobic degradation of n-hexane by denitrifying betaproteobacterium strain HxN1. Chembiochem 21: 373–380. doi:10.1002/cbic.201900375.
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