Dr. Christian Eberlein

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
Permoserstraße 15
D-04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel. +49 341 235 1765

Christian Eberlein


My research is part of the EU-Project P4SB (From Plastic waste to Plastic value using Pseudomonas putida Synthetic Biology; http://www.p4sb.eu/) which aims to transform conventional plastics gained from fossil fuels into bioplastics; employing Pseudomonas putida for the degradation of oligomeric resins as well as for the production of bioplastics like polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA).

Member of MiKat - Centre for Biocatalysis (http://www.mikat.info/)

Curriculum Vitae


Diploma in Biology; University of Leipzig

2009 - 2013

PhD in Biochemistry/Microbiology, University of Leipzig and University of Freiburg, within EU-Project MAGICPAH


2013 - 2015

Postdoc researcher at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

Since 05/2015

Postdoc researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Environmental Biotechnology


Eberlein C, Baumgarten T, Starke S, Heipieper HJ (2018) Immediate response mechanisms of Gram-negative solvent-tolerant bacteria to cope with environmental stress: cis-trans isomerization of unsaturated fatty acids and outer membrane vesicle secretion. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol doi:10.1007/s00253-018-8832-9

Eberlein C, Estelmann S, Seifert J, von Bergen M, Müller M, Meckenstock RU, Boll M (2013a) Identification and characterization of 2-naphthoyl-coenzyme A reductase, the prototype of a novel class of dearomatizing reductases. Mol Microbiol 88(5):1032-9. doi:10.1111/mmi.12238

Eberlein C, Johannes J, Mouttaki H, Sadeghi M, Golding BT, Boll M, Meckenstock RU (2013b) ATP-dependent/-independent enzymatic ring reductions involved in the anaerobic catabolism of naphthalene. Environ Microbiol 15(6):1832-41. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12076

Heipieper HJ, Pepi M, Baumgarten T, Eberlein C (2017) Surface properties and cellular energetics of bacteria in response to the presence of hydrocarbons. In: T. K (ed) Cellular Ecophysiology of Microbe. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Juarez JF, Liu H, Zamarro MT, McMahon S, Liu H, Naismith JH, Eberlein C, Boll M, Carmona M, Diaz E (2015) Unraveling the specific regulation of the central pathway for anaerobic degradation of 3-methylbenzoate. J Biol Chem 290(19):12165-83. doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.637074

Juarez JF, Zamarro MT, Eberlein C, Boll M, Carmona M, Diaz E (2013) Characterization of the mbd cluster encoding the anaerobic 3-methylbenzoyl-CoA central pathway. Environ Microbiol 15(1):148-66. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02818.x

Lahme S, Eberlein C, Jarling R, Kube M, Boll M, Wilkes H, Reinhardt R, Rabus R (2012) Anaerobic degradation of 4-methylbenzoate via a specific 4-methylbenzoyl-CoA pathway. Environ Microbiol 14(5):1118-32. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02693.x

Löffler C, Eberlein C, Mäusezahl I, Kappelmeyer U, Heipieper HJ (2010) Physiological evidence for the presence of a cis-trans isomerase of unsaturated fatty acids in Methylococcus capsulatus Bath to adapt to the presence of toxic organic compounds. FEMS Microbiol Lett 308(1):68-75. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6968.2010.01993.x

Trautwein K, Grundmann O, Wöhlbrand L, Eberlein C, Boll M, Rabus R (2012) Benzoate mediates repression of C(4)-dicarboxylate utilization in "Aromatoleum aromaticum" EbN1. J Bacteriol 194(2):518-28. doi:10.1128/JB.05072-11

Wierckx N, Narancic T, Eberlein C, […], Heipieper HJ, Prieto A, Jiménez J, Blank LM (2018) Plastic Biodegradation: Challenges and Opportunities. In: Steffan R (ed) Consequences of Microbial Interaction with Hydrocarbons, Oils and Lipids: Biodegradation and Bioremediation. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer