Dr. Anja Worrich


Dr. Anja Worrich
Head of Working group Antibiotikaresistenzen in der Umwelt

Department of Applied Microbial Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1378

Anja Worrich

Research interests

I am interested in the biotransformation and effects of antibiotics in the environment, especially in agricultural soils. My focus is on both the antibiotics themselves and the associated resistance genes in bacteria. The latter are particularly important because of their potential to multiply and spread in the environment and, when transferred to pathogens, to threaten human and animal health. It is therefore necessary to consider human, animal and environmental health together when developing strategies to contain antimicrobial resistance, and the environment in particular has not been sufficiently taken into account in previous actions.

since 06/2020 Group leader at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
01/2020 - 04/2020 EMBO Short-term Fellowship at ETH Zurich in the Soil and Terrestrial Environmental Physics group
03/2018 - 06/2020 Postdoc; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
02/2017 - 02/2018 Postdoc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Molecular Interaction Ecology group and Ecometabolomics platform
03/2013 - 01/2017 PhD student; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research; Bioavailabilty group
  Subject: Role of Fungus-mediated Transport Mechanisms for Bacterial Activity under Environmental Stress
03/2012 - 02/2013 Master thesis; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Systems Ecology group
  Subject: Influence of a spatially structured environment on the establishment of a bacterial inoculum
10/2010 - 02/2013 Studies in Biotechnology and Applied Ecology at the International Graduate School (IHI) Zittau
10/2007 - 09/2010 Studies in Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Zittau

Brandenburg University of Technology

Studiengang Biotechnology, B.Sc.

Modul Mikrobielle Ökologie

2 SWS Vorlesung

1 SWS Seminar


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  • Article in "Umweltperspektiven" 
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  • Interview for Helmholtz online: Science Communication

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  • "KlarText" award for science communication 2018 in biology!

  • Night of the Microbes