Abitur, Staatl. Luitpold-Oberrealschule, Munich, 1960. Diploma in Biology, Technology University, Munich, 1969. Doctor (honorary), Technology University, Munich, 1973.
Doctor (honorary), Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, 1977.
He is an expert on microbial life at high temperatures. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on lactobacilli. From 1980 to 2002 he was professor at, and head of, the department of microbiology and of the Archaea center of the University of Regensburg.
The majority of Professor Stetter"s research has focused on sampling, isolating and characterizing archaeal organisms which comprise the third domain of life, particularly undiscovered extremely heat-loving (hyperthermophilic) bacteria and Archaea, also called extremophiles, growing optimally between 80 and 113 °C.
Nanoarchaeum equitans, an archaeal microorganism containing the world"s smallest known genome, was discovered by Stetter in 2002 in a hydrothermal vent off the coast of Iceland.
This archaebacterium was described in the scientific journal Nature in May 2002. Among the other extremophiles discovered by Doctor Stetter has been Pyrococcus furiosus, which was found on the Italian island of Vulcano in 1981.
This extremophile was the source of Pfu deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase. Stetter also discovered Aquifex aeolicus and Aquifex pyrophilus.
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
American Society of Microbiology (American Society for Microbiology)
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Science (IGPP), University of California, Los Angeles
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie (DGHM)
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie (GBCh)
International Committee on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB)
International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology (ICSB)
International Institute of Biotechnology
International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL)
Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM).
Fellow American Academy Microbiology. Member American Society Microbiology, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Sciences, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vereinigung f. Allg. University Angew.
Mikrobiologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für. Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ârzte, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Gesellschaft für. Biologische Chemie, The International Institute Biotechnology.
Married Heidi Zahradnik, December 20, 1969. Children: Sabine, Florian, Claudia.