Matthias Kaestner was born in Hannover, Germany, in 1957. He received a diploma in microbiology, biotechnology and biochemistry and the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1985 and 1989, respectively. From 1889 to 1994 he was postdoc in biotechnology at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and from 1994 he was assistant professor for microbiology at the University of Jena, Germany. In 1998 he moved to the Centre for Environmental Research which was renamed in 2006 to Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and became lecturer at the universities in Freiberg, Jena, and Leipzig, Germany. From 2002 he is professor for microbiology at the University of Leipzig and became head of the bioprocess group at the UFZ. In 2004 he became head of the Department of Bioremediation in 2009 head of the Department of Environmental Biotechnology. Matthias Kaestner has more than 20 years of experience in the research field of compound turnover in contaminated sites and the related treatment techniques. His major expertise is in the field of balancing microbial transformation of organic contaminants and compounds in soil, sediments and water environments applying isotope-labeled tracer compounds. He is currently coordinating two big EU projects (FP7 ENV18.104.22.168, ModelPROBE, # 213161; and FP6 MCEST, RAISEBIO, # 20984) and his group is involved in several other EU and national R&D projects as well as in projects of soil and aquifer bioremediation. He is frequent reviewer of several leading journals in the field of environmental science and has published about 85 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2010