Maren Scharfenberger-Schmeer

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Prof. Dr. Maren Scharfenberger-Schmeer

Professor of Microbiology
Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences

Functions at the Wine Campus

  • Head of the dual German-French Master's degree program in Viticulture & Enology (FAVO)
  • Deputy Chairwoman of the Examination Board
  • Member of the library committee

Teaching areas


  • General Microbiology
  • Microbiology of wine
  • Practical course in microbiology
  • Molecular biological diagnostics
  • Practical oenological projects
  • Chemical basics


  • Advanced microbiology of wine
  • Newer methods in microbiology
  • Practical oenological projects

Main research areas

Microorganisms play a central role in winemaking, be it in alcoholic fermentation by yeasts or malolactic fermentation by lactic acid bacteria. At the same time, various harmful organisms can have a negative impact on the wine's ingredients in almost all phases of production. Microbiological analysis combined with modern molecular biological diagnostics is therefore an important focus of research.