Physicochemical Kinetics and Transport at Biointerfaces, Volume 9
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Wolfgang Köster studied biology at the Universities of Bielefeld and Tu¨bingen, Germany. Placing emphasis on biochemistry, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology he was influenced by the work of Professor V. Braun, Professor E. Sander and Professor H. Zähner. In 1986, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen. With a grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG), in 1988 he became a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor R. J. Kadner at the School of Medicine, University of Virginia, USA. He was then promoted to a position equivalent to Assistant Professor and the ‘Habilitation’ in Microbiology at the University of Tübingen. Between 1998 and 1999 he held the position of ‘Visiting Scientist’ (Cantarini Fellowship of the Institut Pasteur and Fellowship of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS), France) in the laboratory of Professor M. Hofnung, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. In 1999, he joined as a Senior Scientist (leading the group Drinking Water Microbiology) the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG). He gained teaching experience from the Universities of Tübingen and Hohenheim and ETH Zürich by conducting lectures, seminars and practical courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and environmental science. His major areas of work and interest comprise: (1) survival strategies and molecular detection methods for bacteria in drinking water and environmental habitats, (2) membrane-associated transport phenomena in microbes, with focus on metal transport in bacteria, and (3) bioavailability and ecotoxicity of metals and hydrophobic organic compounds in green algae.