Dr. Eberhard Küster
Eberhard Küster was trained as a Biological-Technical Assistant from 1987 to 1989 and got his diploma in biology after studying in Marburg, Germany, the Juniata College (Pennsylvania, USA), the Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort (NC, USA) and the University of Rostock, Germany (Supervisor K. Jürß) from '89 to '96.
He received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Tübingen, Germany in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the year 2000 (Supervisor B. Mühlbauer).
From 2000 to 2010 he held several temporary PostDoc positions in the Departments Chemical Ecotoxicology and Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ with research areas such as groundwater remediation evaluation, biomarker development and hazard assessment with different aquatic bioassays.
Since 2010 he works as a research associate at the Dept. Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology of the UFZ.
In 2013 E. Küster received a fellowship award by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems in 2013 for research at the NOAA Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, Charleston, SC, USA (Marie DeLorenzo and Mike Fulton lab).
The research interests include topics which are ancillary to the general goal of further upgrading of zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) as an alternative for animal testing (DarT) for risk assessment of substances with specific and unspecific mode of action (lipophilic/ volatile substances, pharmaceuticals, genotoxins/mutagens).
Main recent research lies in the determination of the internal dose and biotransformation capacity to better understand toxicokinetics (TK) in zebrafish embryos.
Secondly, effect analysis of mixtures of interacting substances is part of the research.
Chemical analysis of the internal concentrations is mainly done with LC and GC methods and also in close cooperation with different departments of the UFZ.
Recent third party funded project: NeuroBox includes the effect directed identification & the single and mixture analysis of neuroactive drinking water contaminants with the acute Danio rerio fish embryo assay on different effect levels.
For a current list of publications please use ORCID.