Dr. Eberhard Küster

Dr. Eberhard Küster
Foto: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Gebäude: 6.0
Raum: 325
Telefon: +49 341 235 1525

Dr. Eberhard Küster

Curriculum Vitae

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.



2019 (1)

  • Massei, R., Hollert, H., Krauss, M., von Tümpling, W., Weidauer, C., Haglund, P., Küster, E., Gallampois, C., Tysklind, M., Brack, W., (2019):
    Toxicity and neurotoxicity profiling of contaminated sediments from Gulf of Bothnia (Sweden): a multi‑endpoint assay with zebrafish embryos
    Environ. Sci. Eur. 31 , art. 8
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2017 (2)

  • Kühnert, A., Vogs, C., Seiwert, B., Aulhorn, S., Altenburger, R., Hollert, H., Küster, E., Busch, W., (2017):
    Biotransformation in the zebrafish embryo – temporal gene transcription changes of cytochrome P450 enzymes and internal exposure dynamics of the AhR binding xenobiotic benz[a]anthracene
    Environ. Pollut. 230 , 1 - 11
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  • Välitalo, P., Massei, R., Heiskanen, I., Behnisch, P., Brack, W., Tindall, A.J., Du Pasquier, D., Küster, E., Mikola, A., Schulze, T., Sillanpää, , (2017):
    Effect-based assessment of toxicity removal during wastewater treatment
    Water Res. 126 , 153 - 163
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2016 (3)

  • Brox, S., Seiwert, B., Haase, N., Küster, E., Reemtsma, T., (2016):
    Metabolism of clofibric acid in zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) as determined by liquid chromatography–high resolution–mass spectrometry
    Comp. Biochem. Physiol. C-Toxicol. Pharmacol. 185–186 , 20 - 28
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  • Brox, S., Seiwert, B., Küster, E., Reemtsma, T., (2016):
    Toxicokinetics of polar chemicals in zebrafish embryo (Danio rerio): Influence of physicochemical properties and of niological processes
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 50 (18), 10264 - 10272
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  • Schmidt, S., Busch, W., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., (2016):
    Mixture toxicity of water contaminants-effect analysis using the zebrafish embryo assay (Danio rerio)
    Chemosphere 152 , 503 - 512
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2015 (3)

  • Hachicho, N., Reithel, S., Miltner, A., Heipieper, H.J., Küster, E., Luckenbach, T., (2015):
    Body mass parameters, lipid profiles and protein contents of zebrafish embryos and effects of 2,4-dinitrophenol exposure
    PLOS One 10 (8), e0134755
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  • Luckenbach, T., Küster, E., Busch, W., Scholz, S., Altenburger, R., (2015):
    What determines chemical uptake by the zebrafish embryo model?
    Toxicol. Lett. 238 (2, Suppl.), S54
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  • Vogs, C., Kühnert, A., Hug, C., Küster, E., Altenburger, R., (2015):
    A toxicokinetic study of specifically acting and reactive organic chemicals for the prediction of internal effect concentrations in Scenedesmus vacuolatus
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34 (1), 100 - 111
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2014 (2)

  • Brox, S., Ritter, A.P., Küster, E., Reemtsma, T., (2014):
    Influence of the perivitelline space on the quantification of internal concentrations of chemicals in eggs of zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio)
    Aquat. Toxicol. 157 , 134 - 140
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  • Brox, S., Ritter, A.P., Küster, E., Reemtsma, T., (2014):
    A quantitative HPLC–MS/MS method for studying internal concentrations and toxicokinetics of 34 polar analytes in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 406 (20), 4831 - 4840
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2013 (4)

  • Grummt, T., Kuckelkorn, J., Bahlmann, A., Baumstark-Khan, C., Brack, W., Braunbeck, T., Feles, S., Gartiser, S., Glatt, H., Heinze, R., Hellweg, C.E., Hollert, H., Junek, R., Knauer, M., Kneib-Kissinger, B., Kramer, M., Krauss, M., Küster, E., Maletz, S., Meinl, W., Noman, A., Prantl, E.-M., Rabbow, E., Redelstein, R., Rettberg, P., Schadenboeck, W., Schmidt, C., Schulze, T., Seiler, T.-B., Spitta, L., Stengel, D., Waldmann, P., Eckhardt, A., (2013):
    Tox-Box: securing drops of life - an enhanced health-related approach for risk assessment of drinking water in Germany. Tox-Box: die Tropfen des Lebens bewahren - gesundheitsbasierte Risikobewertung für Trinkwasser in Deutschland
    Environ. Sci. Eur. 25 , art. 27
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  • Kühnert, A., Vogs, C., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., (2013):
    The internal concentration of organic substances in fish embryos - a toxicokinetic approach
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32 (8), 1819 - 1827
    Volltext (URL)
  • Scholz, S., Sela, E., Blaha, L., Braunbeck, T., Galay-Burgos, M., García-Franco, M., Guinea, J., Klüver, N., Schirmer, K., Tanneberger, K., Tobor-Kapłon, M., Witters, H., Belanger, S., Benfenati, E., Creton, S., Cronin, M.T.D., Eggen, R.I.L., Embry, M., Ekman, D., Gourmelon, A., Halder, M., Hardy, B., Hartung, T., Hubesch, B., Jungmann, D., Lampi, M.A., Lee, L., Léonard, M., Küster, E., Lillicrap, A., Luckenbach, T., Murk, A.J., Navas, J.M., Peijnenburg, W., Repetto, G., Salinas, E., Schüürmann, G., Spielmann, H., Tollefsen, K.E., Walter-Rohde, S., Whale, G., Wheeler, J.R., Winter, M.J., (2013):
    A European perspective on alternatives to animal testing for environmental hazard identification and risk assessment
    Regul. Toxicol. Pharmacol. 67 (3), 506 - 530
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  • Wahyudi, A., Bartzke, M., Küster, E., Bogaert, P., (2013):
    Maximum entropy estimation of a Benzene contaminated plume using ecotoxicological assays
    Environ. Pollut. 172 , 170 - 179
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2012 (1)

  • Gündel, U., Kalkhof, S., Zitzkat, D.P., von Bergen, M., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., (2012):
    Concentration-response concept in ecotoxicoproteomics: effects of different phenanthrene concentrations to the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo proteome
    Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 76 (1), 11 - 22
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2011 (1)

  • Agbo, S.O., Küster, E., Georgi, A., Akkanen, J., Leppänen, M.T., Kukkonen, J.V.K., (2011):
    Photostability and toxicity of pentachlorophenol and phenanthrene
    J. Hazard. Mater. 189 (1-2), 235 - 240
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2010 (4)

  • Duquesne, S., Küster, E., (2010):
    Biochemical, metabolic, and behavioural responses and recovery of Daphnia magna after exposure to an organophosphate
    Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 73 (3), 353 - 359
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  • Gündel, U., Kalkhof, S., von Bergen, M., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., (2010):
    Concentration-response concept in ecotoxicoproteomics: an optimised design for the detection of robust chemical stress associated protein markers: Effects of different concentrations of phenanthren to the proteome of Danio rerio embryos
    Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A-Mol. Integr. Physiol. 157 (Suppl. 1), S42 - S43
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  • Hanisch, K., Küster, E., Altenburger, R., Gündel, U., (2010):
    Proteomic signatures of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo: sensitivity and specificity in toxicity assessment of chemicals
    International Journal of Proteomics 2010 , Article ID 630134 - 13
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  • Meinert, C., Schymanski, E., Küster, E., Kühne, R., Schüürmann, G., Brack, W., (2010):
    Application of preparative capillary gas chromatography (pcGC), automated structure generation and mutagenicity prediction to improve effect-directed analysis of genotoxicants in a contaminated groundwater
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 17 (4), 885 - 897
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2009 (1)

  • Schreiber, R., Altenburger, R., Paschke, A., Schüürmann, G., Küster, E., (2009):
    A novel in vitro system for the determination of bioconcentration factors and the internal dose in zebrafish (Danio rerio) eggs
    Chemosphere 77 (7), 928 - 933
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2008 (4)

  • Küster, E., Altenburger, R., (2008):
    Oxygen decline in biotesting of environmental samples - Is there a need for consideration in the acute zebrafish embryo assay?
    Environ.Toxicol. 23 (6), 745 - 750
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  • Mages, M., Bandow, N., Küster, E., Brack, W., von Tümpling, W., (2008):
    Zinc and cadmium accumulation in single zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos - A total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry application
    Spectroc. Acta Pt. B-Atom. Spectr. 63 (12), 1443 - 1449
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  • Scholz, S., Fischer, S., Gündel, U., Küster, E., Luckenbach, T., Voelker, D., (2008):
    The zebrafish embryo model in environmental risk assessment - applications beyond acute toxicity testing
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 15 (5), 394 - 404
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  • Schreiber, R., Altenburger, R., Paschke, A., Küster, E., (2008):
    How to deal with lipophilic and volatile organic substances in microtiter plate assays
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27 (8), 1676 - 1682
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2007 (2)

  • Gündel, U., Benndorf, D., von Bergen, M., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., (2007):
    Vitellogenin cleavage products as indicators for toxic stress in zebra fish embryos: a proteomic approach
    Proteomics 7 (24), 4541 - 4554
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  • Küster, E., Altenburger, R., (2007):
    Suborganismic and organismic effects of aldicarb and its metabolite aldicarb-sulfoxide to the zebrafish embryo (Danio rerio)
    Chemosphere 68 (4), 751 - 760
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2006 (2)

  • Altenburger, R., Brack, W., Greco, W.R., Grote, M., Jung, K., Ovari, A., Riedl, J., Schwab, K., Küster, E., (2006):
    On the mode of action of N-phenyl-2-naphthylamine in plants
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 40 (19), 6163 - 6169
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  • Küster, E., Altenburger, R., (2006):
    Comparison of cholin- and carboxylesterase enzyme inhibition and visible effects in the zebra fish embryo bioassay under short-term paraoxon-methyl exposure
    Biomarkers 11 (4), 341 - 354
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2005 (5)

  • Kaschl, A., Schultz, A., Vogt, C., Dorusch, F., Popp, P., Borsdorf, H., Küster, E., Kuschk, P., Kästner, M., Weiß, H., (2005):
    A meso-scale constructed wetland for the remediation of chlorobenzene contaminated groundwater
    In: Thomson, N.R., (ed.)
    Bringing groundwater quality research to the watershed scale (GQ2004 International conference of groundwater quality: bringing groundwater quality research to the watershed scale, Waterloo, Canada, 19.-22.7.2004)
    IAHS Publ. 297
    International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), Wallingford, Oxfordshire, p. 404 - 411
  • Küster, E., (2005):
    Cholin- and carboxylesterase activities in developing zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) and their potential use for insecticide hazard assessment
    Aquat. Toxicol. 75 (1), 76 - 85
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  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Altenburger, R., (2005):
    Toxizität von Schwefelwasserstoff (H2S) auf die Biotestorganismen Vibrio fischeri und Daphnia magna
    Tagungsbericht 2004 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie e.V. (DGL) und der Deutschsprachigen Sektion der Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL). Potsdam, 20. - 24.09.2004
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Berlin, S. 561 - 565
  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Altenburger, R., (2005):
    Effects of hydrogen sulfide to Vibrio fischeri, Scenedesmus vacuolatus, and Daphnia magna
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 24 (10), 2621 - 2629
    Volltext (URL)
  • Olajire, A.A., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., Brack, W., (2005):
    Chemical and ecotoxicological assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated sediments of the Niger Delta, Southern Nigeria
    Sci. Total Environ. 340 (1-3), 123 - 136
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2004 (2)

  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Altenburger, R., (2004):
    Ökotoxikologische Verfahren der Wirkungsanalyse für das Management von Grundwasser-Kontaminationen: Fallbeispiel quartärer Grundwasserleiter in Bitterfeld-Süd
    In: Weiß, H., Teutsch, G., Daus, B., (Hrsg.)
    SAFIRA (Sanierungsforschung in regional kontaminierten Aquiferen)
    UFZ-Bericht 13/2004
    UFZ Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Leipzig, S. 287 - 316
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  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Vogt, C., Weiß, H., Altenburger, R., (2004):
    On line biomonitors used as a tool for toxicity reduction evaluation of in situ groundwater remediation techniques
    Biosens. Bioelectron. 19 (12), 1711 - 1722
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2003 (4)

  • Brack, W., Altenburger, R., Küster, E., Meissner, B., Wenzel, K.-D., Schüürmann, G., (2003):
    Identification of toxic products of anthracene photomodification in simulated sunlight
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 22 (10), 2228 - 2237
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  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Meißner, B., Weiß, H., Schüürmann, G., Altenburger, R., (2003):
    Toxizitätsreduktion durch (Grundwasser-) Sanierung?
    Grundwasser 8 (1), 32 - 40
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  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Weiß, H., Altenburger, R., (2003):
    Controlling (groundwater-) remediation success via on line biomonitoring or how toxic is remediated groundwater?
    ConSoil 2003 : proceedings of the 8th International FZK/TNO Conference on Contaminated Soil, ICC Gent, Belgium, 12 - 16 May 2003
    F&U confirm, Leipzig, p. 3305 - 3314
  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Weiß, H., Schüürmann, G., Altenburger, R., (2003):
    Beurteilung der Entgiftung von Grundwasser durch Sanierungsverfahren mittels kontinuierlicher biologischer Überwachung
    In: Foth, H., (Hrsg.)
    Risk assessment and management of large contamination sites. Gefahrenabschätzung und Handhabung großflächiger Kontaminationen. Proceedingsband zum Kongress an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 22. - 24. Februar 2002
    S. 41 - 45

2001 (1)

  • Küster, E., Dorusch, F., Weiß, H., Altenburger, R., (2001):
    TRE-Toxicity-Reduction-Evaluation - Approaches for continuous effect monitoring of in situ groundwater remediation techniques
    11th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe, Madrid, Spain, 6-10 May 2001
    SETAC Europe, Brussels,

2000 (1)

  • Mühlbauer, B., Küster, E., Luippold, G., (2000):
    Dopamine D3 receptors in the rat kidney: Role in physiology and pathophysiology
    Acta Physiol.Scand. 168 (1), 219 - 223
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