Martin Herzberg


Contact / Address


Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department Analytic
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Building 4.0, Room 304a
phone: 0341 6025 2555

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Research Topics

quantitative element determination (isotope determination)

Element - speciation metal(-oids)

Element - Particle Characterization & "Single Cell" Analytics

Metallomics and metalloproteomics

ICP - Elements
ICP - Elements

Curriculum Vitae

Seit 2023 Scientist, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department Analytic
2015-2022 PostDoc, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
2009-2015 Dissertation, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
2002-2009 Diplom Biology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


2024 (4)

Publication without UFZ-affiliation

  • Li, Yuanping, Yanshuang Yu, Xiaojun Yang, Aurora M. Pat-Espadas, Pablo Vinuesa, Martin Herzberg, Jian Chen, Barry P. Rosen, Renwei Feng, and Christopher Rensing. 2023. "Adaptation to metal(loid)s in strain Mucilaginibacter rubeus P2 involves novel arsenic resistance genes and mechanisms", Journal of Hazardous Materials: 132796.
  • Liu, G. H., Yang, S., Narsing Rao, M. P., Han, S., Xie, C. J., Alwathnani, H. A., Herzberg, M., Rensing, C., & Zhou, S. G. (2023). Isolation and genomics of ten novel Shewanella species from mangrove wetland. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 73(6).
  • Hirth, N., M. S. Gerlach, N. Wiesemann, M. Herzberg, C. Grosse, and D. H. Nies. (2023). 'Full Copper Resistance in Cupriavidus metallidurans Requires the Interplay of Many Resistance Systems', Appl Environ Microbiol: e0056723.
  • Xie, Z., D. Wang, I. Ben Fekih, Y. Yu, Y. Li, H. Alwathnani, M. Herzberg, and C. Rensing. (2023). 'Whole Genome Sequence Analysis of Cupriavidus necator C39, a Multiple Heavy Metal(loid) and Antibiotic Resistant Bacterium Isolated from a Gold/Copper Mine', Microorganisms, 11: 1518.
  • Yu, Y., Z. Xie, J. Yang, R. Yang, Y. Li, Y. Zhu, Y. Zhao, Q. Yang, J. Chen, H. A. Alwathnani, R. Feng, C. Rensing and M. Herzberg (2023). "Citrobacter portucalensis Sb-2 contains a metalloid resistance determinant transmitted by Citrobacter phage Chris1." J Hazard Mater 443(Pt A): 130184.
  • Kindi, H., C. Willems, M. Zhao, M. Menzel, C. E. H. Schmelzer, M. Herzberg, B. Fuhrmann, G. Gallego-Ferrer and T. Groth (2022). "Metal Ion Doping of Alginate-Based Surface Coatings Induces Adipogenesis of Stem Cells." ACS Biomater Sci Eng.
  • Yu, Y. S., Su, J. M., Xu, J. Q., Li, Y. P., Alwathnani, H. A., Wu, Z. L., Ji, C. Q., Feng, R. W., Rensing, C., and Herzberg, M. (2022) As(III) Exposure Induces a Zinc Scarcity Response and Restricts Iron Uptake in High-Level Arsenic-Resistant Paenibacillus taichungensis Strain NC1. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 88, e0031222
  • Wang, Y., You, L. X., Zhong, H. L., Wu, G. K., Li, Y. P., Yang, X. J., Wang, A. J., Nealson, K. H., Herzberg, M., and Rensing, C. (2022) Au(III)-induced extracellular electron transfer by Burkholderia contaminans ZCC for the bio-recovery of gold nanoparticles. Environ. Res. 210, 112910
  • Subirana, M. A., Riemschneider, S., Hause, G., Dobritzsch, D., Schaumlöffel, D., and Herzberg, M. (2022) High spatial resolution imaging of subcellular macro and trace element distribution during phagocytosis. Metallomics 14
  • Grosse, C., Kohl, T. A., Niemann, S., Herzberg, M., and Nies, D. H. (2022) Loss of Mobile Genomic Islands in Metal-Resistant, Hydrogen-Oxidizing Cupriavidus metallidurans. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 88, e0204821
  • Kindi, H., Menzel, M., Heilmann, A., Schmelzer, C. E. H., Herzberg, M., Fuhrmann, B., Gallego-Ferrer, G., and Groth, T. (2021) Effect of metal ions on the physical properties of multilayers from hyaluronan and chitosan, and the adhesion, growth and adipogenic differentiation of multipotent mouse fibroblasts. Soft Matter 17, 8394-8410
  • You, L. X., Zhang, R. R., Dai, J. X., Lin, Z. T., Li, Y. P., Herzberg, M., Zhang, J. L., Al-Wathnani, H., Zhang, C. K., Feng, R. W., Liu, H., and Rensing, C. (2021) Potential of cadmium resistant Burkholderia contaminans strain ZCC in promoting growth of soy beans in the presence of cadmium. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 211, 111914
  • Schulz, V., Schmidt-Vogler, C., Strohmeyer, P., Weber, S., Kleemann, D., Nies, D. H., and Herzberg, M. (2021) Behind the shield of Czc: ZntR controls expression of the gene for the zinc-exporting P-type ATPase ZntA in Cupriavidus metallidurans. J. Bacteriol.
  • Bleichert, P., Butof, L., Ruckert, C., Herzberg, M., Francisco, R., Morais, P. V., Grass, G., Kalinowski, J., and Nies, D. H. (2020) Mutant Strains of Escherichia coli and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Obtained by Laboratory Selection To Survive on Metallic Copper Surfaces. Appl Environ Microbiol. 87
  • Mazhar, S. H., Herzberg, M., Ben Fekih, I., Zhang, C., Bello, S. K., Li, Y. P., Su, J., Xu, J., Feng, R., Zhou, S., and Rensing, C. (2020) Comparative Insights Into the Complete Genome Sequence of Highly Metal Resistant Cupriavidus metallidurans Strain BS1 Isolated From a Gold-Copper Mine. Front. Microbiol. 11, 47
  • Große C., Poehlein A., Blank K., Schwarzenberger C., Schleuder C. and Herzberg, M. and Nies D.H. (2019) The third pillar of metal homeostasis in Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34: Preferences are controlled by extracytoplasmic function sigma factors. Metallomics
  • Bütof, L., Grosse, C., Lilie, H., Herzberg, M., and Nies, D. H. (2019) Interplay between the Zur regulon components and metal resistance in Cupriavidus metallidurans. J. Bacteriol. 201
  • Ben Fekih I., Ma Y., Herzberg M., Zhang C., Li Y. P., Mazhar S. H., Bello S. K., Yang N., Su J., Xu J., Zhang R., Feng R., Chen Z., and Rensing C. (2018) Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudarthrobacter sp. Strain AG30, Isolated from a Gold and Copper Mine in China. Microbiology Resource Announcements 7, e01329-01318
  • Bütof L. Wiesemann N., Herzberg M., Altzschner M., Holleitner A., Reith F. and Nies D. H. (2018) Synergistic gold-copper detoxification at the core of gold biomineralisation in Cupriavidus metallidurans. Metallomics , 10:278-286
  • Bütof L., Schmidt-Vogler C., Herzberg M., Grosse C. and Nies D. H. (2017) The components of the unique Zur regulon of Cupriavidus metallidurans mediate cytoplasmic zinc handling. Journal of Bacteriology
  • Wiesemann N., Butof L., Herzberg M., Hause G., Berthold L., Etschmann B., Brugger J., Martinez-Criado G., Dobritzsch D., Baginsky S., Reith F. and Nies D. H. (2017) Synergistic toxicity of copper and gold compounds in Cupriavidus metallidurans. Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Herzberg M., Bauer L., Kirsten A. and Nies D. H. (2016) Interplay between seven secondary metal uptake systems is required for full metal resistance of Cupriavidus metallidurans. Metallomics 8, 313-326
  • Grosse C., Herzberg M., Schuttau M., Wiesemann N., Hause G. and Nies D. H. (2016) Characterization of the Delta7 Mutant of Cupriavidus metallidurans with Deletions of Seven Secondary Metal Uptake Systems. mSystems 1
  • Xie P., Hao X., Herzberg M., Luo Y., Nies D. H. and Wei G. (2015) Genomic analyses of metal resistance genes in three plant growth promoting bacteria of legume plants in Northwest mine tailings, China. Journal of Environmental Sciences (China), 27:179-187
  • Herzberg M., Schüttau M., Reimers M., Große C., Schlegel H. G. and Nies D. H. (2015) Synthesis of nickel-iron hydrogenase in Cupriavidus metallidurans is controlled by metal-dependent silencing and un-silencing of genomic islands. Metallomics 7, 632-649
  • Riemschneider S., Herzberg M. and Lehmann J. (2015) Subtoxic Doses of Cadmium Modulate Inflammatory Properties of Murine RAW 264.7 Macrophages. Biomed Res Int, 295303
  • Soboh B., Lindenstrauss U., Granich C., Javed M., Herzberg M., Thomas C. and Stripp S. T. (2014) [NiFe]-hydrogenase maturation in vitro: analysis of the roles of the HybG and HypD accessory proteins1. Biochemical Journal, 464:169-177.
  • Herzberg M., Dobritzsch D., Helm S., Baginsky S. and Nies D. H. (2014) The zinc repository of Cupriavidus metallidurans. Metallomics 6, 2157-2165
  • Herzberg M., Bauer L. and Nies, D. H. (2014) Deletion of the zupT gene for a zinc importer influences zinc pools in Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34. Metallomics 6, 421-436
  • Salzer R., Herzberg M., Nies D. H., Joos F., Rathmann B., Thielmann Y. and Averhoff B. (2014) Zinc and ATP binding of the hexameric AAA-ATPase PilF from T. thermophilus: Role in complex stability, piliation, adhesion, twitching motility and natural transformation. The Journal of biological chemistry, 289:30343-30354.
  • Wiesemann N., Mohr J., Grosse C., Herzberg M., Hause G., Reith F. and Nies D. H. (2013) Influence of Copper Resistance Determinants on Gold Transformation by Cupriavidus metallidurans Strain CH34. Journal of Bacteriology 195, 2298-2308
  • Stripp S. T., Soboh B., Lindenstrauss U., Braussemann M., Herzberg M., Nies D. H., Sawers G. R., and Heberle J. (2013) HypD is the scaffold protein for Fe-(CN)2CO cofactor assembly in [NiFe]-hydrogenase maturation. Biochemistry 52, 3289-3296
  • Soboh B., Stripp S. T., Bielak C., Lindenstrauss U., Braussemann M., Javaid M., Hallensleben M., Granich C., Herzberg M., Heberle J. and Sawers R. G. (2013) The [NiFe]-hydrogenase accessory chaperones HypC and HybG of Escherichia coli are iron- and carbon dioxide-binding proteins. FEBS Letters 587, 2512-2516
  • Salzer R., Herzberg M., Nies D. H., Biukovic G., Gruber G., Müller V. and Averhoff B. (2013) The DNA uptake ATPase PilF of Thermus thermophilus: a reexamination of the zinc content. Extremophiles
  • Nies D. H. and Herzberg M. (2013) A fresh view of the cell biology of copper in enterobacteria. Molecular Microbioogy. 87, 447-454
  • Soboh B., Stripp S. T., Muhr E., Granich C., Braussemann M., Herzberg M., Heberle J. and Sawers G. R. (2012) [NiFe]-hydrogenase maturation: isolation of a HypC-HypD complex carrying diatomic CO and CN- ligands. FEBS Letters 586, 3882-3887
  • Kirsten A., Herzberg M., Voigt A., Seravalli J., Grass G., Scherer J., and Nies D. H. (2011) Contributions of five secondary metal uptake systems to metal homeostasis of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34. Journal of Bacteriology. 193, 4652-466