Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology

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Head of the Laboratory:
prof. RNDr. Tomas Cajthaml, DSc..

Phone: +420 241 062 498

Fax: +420 241 062 384

Email: cajthaml@biomed.cas.cz

prof. RNDr. Tomáš Cajthaml, DSc. Head of the Laboratory
RNDr. Čeněk Novotný, CSc. Senior scientist
PharmDr. Klára Michalíková, Ph.D. Associated scientist
RNDr. Martin Ezechiáš, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow
RNDr. Jaroslav Semerád, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow
Natividad Isabel Navarro Pacheco PhD student
Mgr. Alena Grasserová PhD student
Mgr. Kateřina Šírová Research assistant
Mgr. Matúš Sadloň Research assistant
Mgr. Lucie Linhartová Research assistant
Ing. Alena Filipová Research assistant
Mgr. Jana Zlotá Research assistant
Mgr. Kamila Šrédlová Research assistant
Mgr. Tereza Černá Research assistant
RNDr. Jana Boháčková Research assistant
Mgr. Kateřina Klubalová Research assistant
Bc. Lucie Havlíčková Research assistant
Bc. Ivan Titov Research assistant

Laboratory of environmental biotechnology is focused on research topics in the area of decomposition of organic pollutants in the environment using microorganisms. The research includes basic science approaches including studies of microbial mechanisms enabling the degradation organic pollutants. However, the processes are also studied from the application perspective in order to utilize the decomposition processes to clean up polluted localities using specific microorganisms.

The research is prevalently interdisciplinary and beside microbiology other main scientific fields are biochemistry, toxicology, environmental and analytical chemistry and molecular biology.

The persistent organic pollutants belong among the main studied contaminants (polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), industrial dyes and also so called new-emerging pollutants. The last group includes pharmaceutical residues and personal care products that interfere with hormonal system of mammalians and therefore they are also called as endocrine disrupters.

The main studied microorganisms for this purpose are ligninolytic and filamentous fungi and bacteria. The most studied bioremediation technologies are mycoremediation and composting. The composting method is suitable for decontamination of solid matrices (soil, sediment sludge) and the mycoremediation technique is studied for decontamination of solid materials and also wastewaters.

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