Dr. Jörg Toepel

Tel.: +49-341-235 48 22 82
Mail: Jörg Toepel

Working Group:

Applied Biocatalysis

since 11/2017

Scientist, Department of Solar Materials
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig

05/2016 - 10/2017


06/2012 - 04/2016

Research Assistant (Lab Leader),
BAM - Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -
prüfung, Department 4.0 (Biofilme), Berlin/Germany

10/2008 - 12/2011

Research Assistant (PostDoc)
"Solar H2 (Biokraftstoffe)"
University of Bielefeld/Germany

09/2005 - 05/2008

Research Assistant (PostDoc)
Project "Biofuels from Cyanobacteria"
Purdue University, West-Lafayette, Indiana / USA

01/2005 - 09/2005

Research Assistant (PostDoc)
University of Leipzig/ Germany

09/2000 - 01/2005

Doctoral degree ("Single-cell-techniques to characterize physiological properties of phytoplankton cells with a taxonomic resolution")
University of Leipzig/ Germany


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  • Breitenbach, R.; Silbernagl, D.; Toepel, J.; Sturm, H.; Broughton, W.J.; Sassaki, G.L.; Gorbushina, A.A.; (2018)
    Corrosive extracellular polysaccharides of the rock-inhabiting model fungus Knufia petricola. Extremophiles: life under extreme conditions 22 (2):165-175.

  • Martin-Sanchez, P.M.; Becker, R.; Gorbushina, A.A.; Toepel, J. (2018)
    An improved test for the evaluation of hydrocarbon degradation capacities of diesel-contaminating microorganisms.
    International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 129:89-94.
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2018.01.009

  • Martin-Sanchez, P.M.; Gebhardt, C.; Toepel, J.; Barry, J.; Munzke, N.; Günster, J.; Gorbushina, A.A.; (2018)
    Monitoring microbial soiling in photovoltaic systems: A qPCR-based approach.
    International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 129:13-22.


  • Epperlein, N; Menzel, F.; Schwibbert, K.; Koter, J; Bonse J.; Sameith, J.;Krüger, J. & Toepel, J. (2017)
    Influence of femtosecond laser produced nanostructures on biofilm growth on steel
    Applied Surface Science 418(B):420-424


  • Breitenbach, R.; Toepel, J.; Dementyeva, P.; Knabe, N. & Gorbushina, A. (2016)
    Snapshots of fungal extracellular matrix (Chapter) The Perfect Slime; microbial extracellular polymeric substances
    Publisher: IWA; Eds.: Flemming, W.

  • Martin-Sanchez, P.M.; Gorbushina, A.A.; Kunte, H.J. & Toepel, J. (2016)
    A novel qPCR protocol for the specific detection and quantification of the fuel-deteriorating fungus Hormoconis resinae.
    Biofouling 32(6):635-44

  • Martin-Sanchez, P.M.; Gorbushina, A.A. & Toepel, J. (2016)
    Quantification and identification of microbial pollutants from diesel storage tanks in petrol stations.
    International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation (DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2016.04.009)


  • Toepel, J., Doebbe, A., Ilmer Kephaides, M. & Kruse, O. (2013)
    Transcriptomic analysis of hydrogen production in wildtype Chlamydomonas  strains, new insights with RNA seq.
    Plant Biotechnol. Journal 1(6):717-33.


  • Nguyen, A.V., Toepel, J., Burgess, S., Blifernez, O., Doebbe, A., Hankamer, B., Nixon, P., Wobbe, L. & Kruse, O. (2011)
    Time-course Global Expression Profiles of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii during Photo-Biological Hydrogen Production
    PloS one. 6(12)

  • Toepel, J., Albaum, S.A., Arvidsson, S., Goesmann, A., la Russa, M., Rogge, K. & Kruse, O. (2011) Construction and evaluation of a whole genome microarray of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
    BMC genomics. 12:579


  • Toepel, J., McDermott, J.M., Summerfield T.C. & Sherman L.A. (2010)
    Transcriptional analysis of the unicellular, diazotrophic cyanobacterium Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142 grown under short day/night cycles
    Journal of Phycology. 45:610-620.


  • Summerfield, T. C., Toepel, J. & Sherman, L.A. (2008)
    Low-oxygen induction of normally cryptic psbA genes in cyanobacteria.
    Biochemistry; 47(49):12939-41.

  • Toepel, J., Summerfield, T., Welsh, E. & Sherman, L. (2008)
    Differential transcriptional analysis of the cyanobacterium Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142 during continuous-light growth.
    J. Bacteriology 190(11) 3904-3913.


  • Toepel, J., Langner, U. & Wilhelm, C. (2005)
    The combination of flow cytometry and single cell absorption spectroscopy to study the phytoplankton structure and to calculate the Chl a specific absorption coefficients at the taxon level;
    Journal of Phycology 41:1099-1109.

  • Stehfest, K., Toepel, J. & Wilhelm, C. (2005)
    The application of Microscopy FTIR spectroscopy to analyze nutrient-stress related changes in biomass composition of phytoplankton algae;
    Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 43:717-726.


  • Toepel, J., Wilhelm, C., Meister, A., Becker, A. & Martinez-Ballesta, M. (2004)
    Cytometry of freshwater phytoplankton.;
    Cytometry: New Developments 75:375-407.

  • Toepel, J., Gilbert, M. & Wilhelm, C. (2004)
    Can chlorophyll a in-vivo fluorescence be used for quantification of carbon based primary production in absolute terms?
    Archiv für Hydrobiolgie 160:515-526.
„Verfahren zum Nachweis von Mikroorganismen in Kraftstoffen durch quantitative Polymerasekettenreaktion
(qPCR)" (BAM-Az.: Z.-14P022-DE)