Dr. Dietmar Schlosser


Dr. Dietmar Schlosser
Group Leader Environmental Mycology

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

Phone +49 341 235-1329

Dietmar Schlosser

CV / Scientific Career



Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


PhD, Chair of Technical Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

Professional Experience


Research Associate, Chair of Technical Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

1994 -2000

Scientific Assistant (C1), Chair of Applied and Ecological Microbiology Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


Junior Research Group Leader, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

since 2005

Group Leader Environmental Mycology, Department of Environmental Microbiology, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

Research interests

My field of research is the microbial degradation and biotransformation of organic compounds (e.g. emerging micro-pollutants in aquatic ecosystems, organic contaminants arising from industrial activities) with respect to their environmental fate, natural degradation processes, and applications in environmental biotechnology. Fields of special interest are the degradation/biotransformation of xenobiotic compounds by different kinds of fungi and their oxidative enzymes, with emphasis on the involvement of extracellular, radical-based degradation mechanisms initiated by extracellular enzymes (mainly fungal laccases), the contribution of the fungal sub-community to biodegradation / biotransformation processes in different environmental compartments, and the exploitation of fungi for lignocellulose (pre)treatment.

Current research

Controlling Chemicals' Fate (Helmholtz project)

Bioenergy (Helmholtz project)

Completed projects

DeltAdapt - Sustainable adaptation of coastal agro-ecosystems to increased salinity intrusion (BMBF project)

BIOCLEAN - Biotechnological solutions for the degradation of synthetic polymeric materials (EU FP7 project)

MINOTAURUS - Microorganism and enzyme immobilization: novel techniques and approaches for upgraded remediation of underground-, wastewater and soil (EU FP7 project)

SOPHIED - Novel sustainable bioprocesses for the European colour industries (EU FP 6 project)

Adaptive physiological and biochemical reactions caused by ecological relevant substances (DFG graduate school)

Other professional activities