|From November 2010||PhD-Student at the Department Isotope Biogeochemistry|
|2008 – 2010||Master of Science in Biochemistry; University of Leipzig, Germany|
|2005 – 2008||Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; University of Leipzig, Germany|
Investigation of the anaerobic biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are widespread in various ecosystems and are pollutants of great concern due to their potential toxicity. In general PAHs are released into the environment by processes such as accidental discharges during the transport and disposal of petroleum products. Because of their hydrophobic nature, most PAHs bind to particulates in soil and sediments.
Microbial degradation represents the major mechanism responsible for the ecological recovery of PAH-contaminated sites. So far reports on the isolation and physiology of anaerobic PAH degraders are scare. As a part of the European project MAGICPAH (“Molecular Approaches and MetaGenomic Investigations for optimizing Clean-up of PAH contaminated sites”), my project focusses on the characterization of microbial communities which can degrade polycyclic aromatic compounds under anoxic conditions. To determine the potential for degradation of these communities and to elucidate their degradation pathways stable isotope techniques are used. Additional molecular analysis will be applied to obtain further insights into the degradation pathways of PAHs.
Publications & other contributions
- Poster presentation at: Annual Conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) in Tübingen; March 18–21, 2012
- Oral and Poster presentation at: Joint European Stable Isotope Users Group Meeting 2012 (JESIUM 2012) in Leipzig; Sept 2-7, 2012