Eawag, Switzerland

Title: Linking micropollutant bio transformation with microbial community characteristics in activated sludge (and beyond).

Kathrin Fenner is a senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in the Department of Environmental Chemistry and an associate professor at the Chemistry Department of the University of Zurich. Kathrin received her diploma in Chemistry from the University of Zurich in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from ETH Zurich in 2002. Kathrin’s research interests circle around the need to improve prediction of persistence in the context of chemical risk assessment. She specifically works on structure-based biodegradation pathway prediction, and, more recently, functional genomic approaches for profiling the biotransformation potential of microbial communities. In 2014, she has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for her project on the prediction of microbial biotransformation of organic contaminants (PROduCTS). Kathrin hosts and further develops databases and prediction systems for microbial biotransformation of organic contaminants (i.e., Eawag-BBD/PPS and enviPath). She is or has been the PI on over twenty projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, EU, German and Swiss government and chemical industry. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the German Water Chemistry Society and on the editorial advisory boards of Environmental Science & Technology, and Environmental Sciences: Processes & Impacts.