David Weissbrodt Group

Environmental Life Science Engineering

David Weissbrodt, Assistant Professor

 with tenure track | Ph.D. | M.Sc. | Dipl.-Ing.

David Weissbrodt benefits from a strong interdisciplinary curriculum in Chemical Engineering for Life Technologies, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Biotechnology and Systems Microbiology. His academic track feeds on achievements in microbial systems, process engineering, water, energy, and health sciences. His profile harbours substantial professional experience in the private sector. His involvement at the regional, national, and international levels is testified by membership and professional service to several societies.

Positions

  • Since 2016 Assistant Professor, TU Delft, NL.
  • Since 2014 Research Advisor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, BR.
  • 2015-2016 Swiss NSF Fellow, TU Delft, NL and Aalborg University, DK.
  • 2013-2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zürich and Eawag, CH.
  • 2006-2008 Research Assistant and Environmental Engineer, Eawag and CREM, CH.
  • 2003-2004 Chemical Engineer, EPFL and Membratec SA, CH.
  • 2002-2003 Research Assistant, Hochschule Mannheim and Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, DE.
  • 1999-2000 Chemical Engineer Trainee, BASF Pharma Solution, Evionnaz, CH.

 Education

  • 2013 Ph.D., Environmental Biotechnology, EPFL, CH.
  • 2006 M.Sc., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, EPFL, CH.
  • 2002 Dipl.-Ing., Chemical Engineering Life Technologies, HES-SO Valais/Wallis, CH.
  • 1998 Swiss Federal Certificate in General Education, Economy and Law, Ardevaz College, CH.

 Significant recognition

  • 2015 Swiss NSF Mobility Fellowship, TU Delft, NL and Aalborg University, DK.
  • 2014 Luce Grivat Award for excellence in doctoral research, EPFL, CH.
  • 2011 1st-ever Ph.D. Mobility Award, EDCE Program, EPFL, CH.
  • 2011 Best Poster Presentation Award, IWA Biofilm Conference, Shanghai, China.
  • 2008 2nd Poster Presentation Prize, IWA LET, Zürich, CH.
  • 1998 Best Swiss Federal Upper Secondary Certificate in General Education, Ardevaz College, CH.

 Professional service

  • Since 2013 Management Committee, IWA Specialist Group on Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering.
  • Since 2009 Elected Board and Executive Committee, Professional Association of Water and Air Protection of Western Switzerland (ARPEA).

 Reviewer

  • Biotechnology and microbiology: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering; Biotechnology Progress; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology Reports; FEMS Microbiology Ecology; Frontiers in Microbiology; Journal of Applied Microbiology; Microbial Biotechnology.
  • Chemical science and engineering: Chemical Engineering Journal; Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers; Separation and Purification Technology.
  • Environmental science and engineering: Ecological Engineering; Environmental Engineering Science; Environmental Protection Engineering; Environmental Science and Technology; Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology; Nature Scientific Reports.
  • Water science and engineering: Desalination and Water Treatment; IWA World Water Congresses; IWA Young Water Professional Conferences; Water; Water Research; Water Science and Technology.
Team

The Weissbrodt Group empowers young professionals along educational levels. It benefits from inputs from excellent Postdoctoral, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. and vocational candidates. It promotes diversity.

(This page is under construction, team pictures will soon be included.

Postdoc.

  • Cuijie Feng
    Postdoc, TU Delft, 2016 (completed).
    Theme: polyphosphate-accumulating organisms

Ph.D.

  • Joe Ho
    visiting PhD student, UBC, Canada and TU Delft, 2018.
    Theme: mixed-culture fermentation
  • Marta Cerruti
    PhD student, TU Delft, 2017-2021.
    Theme: purple phototrophs
  • Rebeca Pallarés-Vega
    PhD student, Wetsus and TU Delft, 2015-2019.
    Theme: antimicrobial resistances
  • Jules Rombouts
    PhD student, TU Delft, 2015-2019.
    Theme: mixed-culture fermentation
  • Lorena Bittencourt Guimarães
    PhD student, UFSC, Brazil and TU Delft, 2014-2017 (completed).
    Theme: granular sludge biofilms and exopolymers biorefinery

M.Sc.

  • Guillaume Crosset-Perrotin
    MSc student, EPFL, Switzerland and TU Delft, 2017-2018 / 2018-2019.
    Theme: purple phototrophs
  • Heleen Ouboter
    MSc student, TU Delft, 2017-2018.
    Theme: purple phototrophs
  • Qingnan Lin
    MSc student, TU Delft, 2017-2018.
    Theme: horizontal gene transfer
  • Berber Stevens
    MSc student, TU Delft, 2017.
    Theme: purple phototrophs
  • Galvin Mos
    MSc student, TU Delft, 2017.
    Theme: mixed-culture fermentation
  • Elsemiek Kranendonk
    MSc student, TU Delft, 2017.
    Theme: mixed-culture fermentation
  • Ismael Hernandes Pereira Junior
    MSc intern, Unesco IHE and TU Delft, 2016 (completed).
    Theme: granular sludge biofilms and exopolymers biorefinery
  • Nina Gubser
    MSc student, ETH Zürich, Switzerland and TU Delft, 2015 (completed).
    Theme: granular sludge biofilms and exopolymers biorefinery

B.Sc.

  • Katie Thorp
    BSc intern, University of Florida, USA, 2017 (completed).
    Theme: purple phototrophs
  • Lars Puiman
    BSc student, TU Delft, 2017 (completed).
    Theme: mixed-culture fermentation

Vocational

  • Demi Ligtenberg
    MBO student, Zadkine Rotterdam, 2017.
    Theme: purple phototrophs
Open positions

The Weissbrodt Group aims to expand in near future. Please contact David Weissbrodt for more information.

Please enclose your CV (all levels) as well as your portfolio, short description of research interest, and names and contacts of 2-3 references (Ph.D. and postdoctoral levels). Incomplete application will not be considered.

Postdoctoral research

We welcome hosting postdoctoral researchers. An excellent way is to get in early contact for support to application to postdoctoral research grants.  

Ph.D. theses

Two positions for Ph.D. are available at the Weissbrodt Group.

  • Environmental systems biology (filled)
  • Horizontal gene transfer (open)

The second position will soon be advertised on-line. Direct contact with David Weissbrodt is welcome.

M.Sc. theses

Please contact David Weissbrodt to conduct a M.Sc. thesis in line with research projects of the Weissbrodt Group.

B.Sc. projects

Please contact David Weissbrodt to conduct a B.Sc. project in line with research projects of the Weissbrodt Group.

Research

The Weissbrodt Group for Environmental Life Science Engineering elucidates mixed-culture microbial systems designed for public health sanitation, environmental protection, biorefinery, resource and energy recovery from used streams.

Environmental systems biology and process engineering are combined in an approach of “process ecogenomics” to unravel mechanisms underlying the macro-scale, meso-scale, micro-scale, molecular, metabolic, and temporal performances of engineered and natural biological systems.

Specific research themes involve: 

  • Phototrophic microbial systems for nutrient concentration, bioproduct formation, and resource recovery.
  • Mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer and antibiotic resistance spread in urban settlements.
  • Microbial and metabolic networks of mixed-culture fermentation of green wastes.
  • Exopolymers biosynthesis and biorefinery from used aqueous organic streams.
  • Metabolic regulation in biofilm processes designed for aerobic-anaerobic ammonium oxidation.
  • Engineering microbiomes in intensified processes using granular sludge for biological nutrient removal.
Funding
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Soehngen Institute for Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM)
  • TU Delft Department of Biotechnology (BT)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
Teaching

Teaching is a major activity of the Weissbrodt Group to educate and train the new generations of professional and scientific leaders.

Our teaching targets the Life Science & Technology and Civil Engineering & Geosciences (Environmental Engineering) programs of the TU Delft. Peer- and problem-based learning is an essential didactical component.

Specific courses involve: 

  • Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology
    Ph.D./postgraduate, BioTech Delft: 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Advanced Biofilm Course
    Ph.D./postgraduate, BioTech Delft: 2015.
  • Environmental Biotechnology and Microbiology
    M.Sc. Civil Engineering and Geosciences, CIE 4705: 2017, 2018.
  • Microbial Community Engineering
    M.Sc. Life Science and Technology, LM 3611: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Ph.D. candidates are involved as doctoral assistants in teaching, and on Integrated Practicals in Biotechnology (LB 2791) within the Department of Biotechnology.

Graduation committees

Ph.D. theses defenses

  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2017: Faculty Opponent
  • UC Louvain, Belgium, 2017: Ph.D. thesis committee
  • Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2017: Ph.D. thesis committee

Ph.D. research plans

  • TU Delft, Netherlands, since 2017: Examination committees
  • ETH Zürich and Eawag, Switzerland, 2017: Examination committee

M.Sc. theses

  • EPFL, Switzerland, 2017: Examination committees
  • TU Delft, Netherlands, since 2016: Examination committees
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2015: Examination committee

B.Sc. theses

  • TU Delft, Netherlands, since 2017: Examination committees
Collaboration

The Weissbrodt Group benefits from excellent interaction designed with colleagues from academic institutions world-wide.

Benelux:

  • Wetsus, Netherlands.
  • Unesco IHE, Netherlands.
  • Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • UC Louvain, Belgium. 

Europe:

  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark.
  • Helmholtz-UFZ, Germany.
  • TU Darmstadt, Germany.
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Eawag, Switzerland.
  • EPFL, Switzerland.
  • HES-SO, Switzerland.
  • IRSA-CNR, Italy.
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

North America:

  • University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • McGill University, Canada.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • Northwestern University, USA.
  • University of Notre Dame, USA.
  • University of Washington, USA.
  • UC Irvine, USA.
  • University of Utah, USA.
  • North Carolina State University, USA.
  • University of South Florida, USA.

South America:

  • Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
  • University Adolfo Ibanez, Chile.

Excellent links are made with the private sector.

Conference organization

Conference organizer

 Workshops organizer

  • Responsible Science, Education and Engineering for Resource Recovery and Circularity
    with George Wells (Northwestern U., USA), Jeremy Guest (UIUC, USA), Mari Winkler (U. Washington, USA)
    at AEESP 2017, University of Michigan, USA.
  • Bridging Microbiome Science and Environmental Biotechnology
    with Christopher Lawson (WISC, USA)
    at IWA MEWE & Biofilms 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 Scientific committee

 Session chair

  • IWA Biofilms 2017, Dublin, Ireland.
  • IWA MEWE & Biofilms 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • WEFTEC 2015, Chicago, USA.
  • IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery 2015, Gdansk, Poland.

David Weissbrodt

Assistant Professor