Dr. Marcell Nikolausz

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Dr. Marcell Nikolausz
Scientist

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

in cooperation with

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ)
Torgauer Str. 116, 04347 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 2434-566
Fax +49 341 2434-133
marcell.nikolausz@ufz.de

Marcell Nikolausz

CV / Scientific Career

Since 2010

Scientist at the Department of Bioenergy of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

2005-2009

PostDoc at the Department of Bioremediation (Prof. Matthias Kästner) of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

2003-2005

Marie Curie Development Host Fellow (Project: BIOISOTOPE, contract: EVK1-CT-2000-56120) at the Department of Bioremediation (Prof. Matthias Kästner) of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

1998-2003

Ph.D in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the Department of Microbiology (Dr. Károly Márialigeti) of the Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest.

1992-1998

M.Sc. in Biology/Microbiology at the Department of Microbiology (Dr. Károly Márialigeti) of the Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest.


Current research interests

  • Renewable energies: Methane from biomass via microbiological processes
  • Investigation of microbial communities involved in the biogas process
  • Microbiological process optimization based on functional analysis of biogas communities
  • Gene mining for lignocellulose-degrading enzymes in the gut system of wood-feeding arthropods

Previous research

Assessment of natural attenuation combining stable isotope and molecular biological techniques 

Related articles:
Assessment of in situ degradation of chlorinated ethenes and bacterial community structure in a complex contaminated groundwater system
Assessment of the natural attenuation of chlorinated ethenes in an anaerobic contaminated aquifer in the Bitterfeld/Wolfen area using stable isotope techniques, microcosm studies and molecular biomarkers 

Elucidation of microbial processes in the rhizosphere of constructed and natural wetland plants using different molecular tools 

Related articles:
Effect of plants and filter materials on bacteria removal in pilot-scale constructed wetlands
Diurnal redox fluctuation and microbial activity in the rhizosphere of wetland plants
Comparison of RNA- and DNA-based species diversity investigations in rhizoplane bacteriology with respect to chloroplast sequence exclusion 

Deciphering the structure and function of microbial communities in environmental systems

Investigations on biases associated with molecular techniques (DGGE sequence retrieval, PCR, molecular cloning) 

Related articles:
Observation of bias associated with re-amplification of DNA isolated from denaturing gradient gels
Effect of primer mismatch, annealing temperature and PCR cycle numbers on 16S rRNA gene targeting bacterial community analysis


EU-Projects

2003-2005
Marie Curie Development Host Fellow (Project: BIOISOTOPE) 

2007-2009
Marie Curie Host Fellowships for the Transfer of Knowledge (ToK) (Project: ISOTONIC)
Main participant and supervisor of a postdoctoral fellow (Alessandro Franchini)


Publications, CV


Reviewer

  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • BioTechniques
  • Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
  • Biodegradation
  • Acta Biologica Hungarica
  • Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Community Ecology