My name is Carina Eisfeld. I studied at the Technische Universität München, where I finished the Master in biology. I specialized in the fields of microbiology and plant sciences within water research related topics. During my master thesis, I worked in the groundwater ecology group of Prof. Dr. Martin Elsner at the Helmholtz Centre Munich. My thesis was within the project of ‘KillSpill’ where we investigated the possibilities of using aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to clean up oil spills. To improve the bioremediation process, the addition of biosurfactants for the biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons has been tested. After my thesis, I did an internship at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal in the group Bioengineering & Synthetic Microbiology of Paula Tamagnini. There, I was involved in the research about the assembly, export and characterization of cyanobacterial extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and their potential application in bioremediation and biomedicine.
Since July 2017 I am pursuing my PhD research within the project of AGRIMAR which stands for agricultural managed aquifer recharge. My part in the project is to analyse the water quality regarding plant pathogens to prevent the spread of plant diseases and consequently the loss of food crops. Our goal is to proof that MAR technology is a safe and sustainable process that fights water scarcity in saline delta regions and provides safe water for irrigation.
Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more about the project or if you are a student and interested in an internship or BSc/MSc thesis.