Alexander Loy is Professor for Microbial Communities at the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science (University of Vienna, Austria), managing director of the Austrian Microbiome Initiative (AMICI), and faculty member of the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI). He received his PhD in Microbiology at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. In 2003, he received a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship to join the newly founded Department of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he established his own research group in 2006 based on third-party grants and was Assistant Professor from 2009 to 2013 and Associate Professor from 2013 to 2017. He obtained his Habilitation (venia docendi) and the Young Scientist Award of the City of Vienna in 2012.
Research of the Loy group focuses on evolution and ecology of sulfur microorganisms, the function of the complex symbiotic microbiota of animals and humans, and the development of molecular and isotope-labeling methods for studying uncultivated microorganisms in their natural environment.