Senior research scientist
Department Surface Waters Research & Management
Title of talk
Swiss River Resistome – how antimicrobial resistance moves through Europe’s water castle.
Dr. Helmut Bürgmann leads the Microbial Ecology group of the Surface Waters department of Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2003 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Georgia before joining Eawag in 2006. Trained as a geo-ecologist, microbial ecologist and environmental microbiologist, his interests focus on the diverse roles and functions of complex microbial communities in environmental and urban water cycles. Since 2009, the spread and fate of anthropogenic antimicrobial resistance into and through aquatic environments and their microbiomes has become a major focus of his research. He has focused specifically on the resistome in wastewater and its current and historical impact on receiving surface waters in Switzerland but has also investigated wastewater treatment strategies to reduce the antimicrobial resistance load in treated wastewater.