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Kari Steffen

Senior research scientist

20002019
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

 

Senior research scientist

Phone (work): +358 504486166

E-mail: Kari.Steffen@Helsinki.Fi

Internet Homepage: http://www.DrSteffen.com

 

Previous professional appointments, work experience

2014-2016      Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Microbiology and Biotechnology

2008-2015      University Lecturer (yliopistonlehtori) in Microbiology

2008-2013       PI appointed by the Univ. of Helsinki for the project
                      “Microbial degradation of archaeological wood”

2005-2007       Junior research scientist appointed by the Academy of Finland;
                      litter decomposition by different fungal groups

2005               Post Doc at the:
                        - Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic;
                        cellulolytic enzymes of litter decomposing fungi
                        - International Graduate School, Zittau, Germany;
                        novel peroxidases from wood and litter degrading fungi

                        - Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
                        aryl alcohol oxidases in litter-decomposing fungi

1995-2004       Department of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology, University of Helsinki;

                      research scientist and assisting teacher mainly of laboratory courses on    
                      numerous occasions in applied microbiology and environmental
                      biotechnology

1996                Federal Research Center of Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany;
                        soil bioremediation

1995                Primalco Biotech, Finland; scale-up production of cellulolytic enzymes

1993                Department of Microbiology, Technical University of Braunschweig;
                       Germany; anaerobic bacteria in waste water treatment

 

Education and academic career

1990                Graduated (Abitur) from the Humboldt Gymnasium, Gifhorn, Germany

1990-1991        Military service in Vekaranjärvi, Finland

1998                     M.Sc. (Microbiology), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki

1999-2003        Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Environmental Science and Technology

2003                    Ph.D. (Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology), "Degradation of recalcitrant biopolymers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by litter-decomposing basidiomycetous fungi",
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki

2005                Post Doc year in the EU (Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain)

2008               Project leader and university lecturer

17.3.2010        Docent in Microbiology, University of Helsinki

3/2014            Coordinator of MBDP

 

Academic awards and honors

-First prize for the best doctoral thesis published in series “Dissertationes Biocentri Viikki Universitatis Helsingiensis” 2004.

-Winner of the best mycological photo (#28) during the 8th International Mycological Conference in Cairns, Australia 2006.

 

Major research funding as principal investigator

2008-2013       "Microbial degradation of archaeological wood"
University of Helsinki Foundation and Wihuri Foundation

2009-2010       "Quantifying microbial degradation in archaeological waterlogged wood with ultrasound" Finnish Cultural Foundation

2005-2007       "Comparative evaluation of degradative activities in litter-decomposing and facultative mycorrhiza-forming fungi" The Academy of Finland

1999-2003       "Degradation of recalcitrant biopolymers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by   litter-decomposing basidiomycetous fungi"
Academy of Finland graduate school funding (EnSTe)

1996                Ekokem master thesis grand

 

Major research funding as part of a consortium projects

2016-2017          “Soil bioremediation using abattoir waste (REMSOIL)” Tekes

2014-2017       "Space for Science", ERASMUS+ EU-project

2009-2011       "Bioremediation of contaminated soil with fungi (PIMA-FUN)"
Tekes

2006-2010       "Making in situ bioremediation the primary choice (BIOKUNTO)"
Tekes

2007-2009       "Removal of endocrine disruptors from waste waters using fungal oxidative enzymes" Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation

2007-2009       "Fungal reduction of organic matter in contaminated soil (OMPAS)"
Tekes

2001-2009       "Consortium: Soil biology: Remediation, Fertilization, and Control of Plant Disease" Helsinki University Environmental Research Centre (HERC)

2005-2007       "Bioremediation of contaminated soils" Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation and
                          the Academy of Finland

2002-2007       Microbial Resources Center of Excellence in Research, Academy of Finland

2004-2005       "Fungal bioremediation of wood and soil contaminated by polychlorinated phenols, dioxins and furans in old saw mill areas" Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation, Ekokem

2001-2004       "Bioconversion of recalcitrant soil organic matter by litter-decomposing
                          basidiomycetous fungi" The Academy of Finland

1999-2002       "Biodiversity and humus: Direct effects of clear-cutting on microbial and micro-faunal biodiversity of pine rhizosphere and humus soil" Finnish Biodiversity Research Programme FIBRE


Other academic and professional activities:

Scientific expert positions

Reviewing for: - African Journal of Microbiology Research, - Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, - Archives of Microbiology, - Biochemical Engineering Journal, - Bioresource Technology, - Biotechnology and Bioengineering, - Canadian Journal of Forest Research, - Chemosphere, - Environmental Science and Technology, - FEMS Microbiology Ecology, - FEMS Microbiology Reviews, - Folia Microbiologica, - Fungal Ecology, - International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, - Journal of Environmental Management, - European Journal of Soil Biology, - Journal of Hazardous Materials, - Microbial Ecology, - Microbiology, - Mycological Research, - Mycology, - Process Biochemistry, - Research in Microbiology, - Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, - Science of the Total Environment, - Springer (book chapters)

-Member of editorial board of the journal Mycology

 

Supervised doctoral dissertations

Supervised PhD theses: Lara Valentin-Carrera and Grit Kabiersch.

 

Other scientific activities

Membership in the: - Finnish Microbiology Guild; - Finnish Mushroom Society; - British Mycological Society; - European Federation of Biotechnology; - Finnish Egyptological Society

Keywords

  • 219 Environmental biotechnology
  • 118 Biological sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2000 2019

Meat and bone meal as a novel biostimulation agent in hydrocarbon contaminated soils

Liu, X., Selonen, V., Steffen, K., Surakka, M., Rantalainen, A-L., Romantschuk, M. & Sinkkonen, A., 11 Mar 2019, In : Chemosphere. 225, p. 574-578 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Morphological and molecular identification of three new species of Tomentella from Finland

Lu, X., Steffen, K. & Yuan, H-S., 2018, In : Mycologia. 110, 4, p. 677-691 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Bioremediation of TNT contaminated soil with fungi under laboratory and pilot scale conditions

Anasonye, F., Winquist, E., Rasanen, M., Kontro, J., Bjorklof, K., Vasilyeva, G., Jorgensen, K. S., Steffen, K. T. & Tuomela, M., Nov 2015, In : International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. 105, p. 7-12 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Biochemical and molecular characterization of an atypical manganese peroxidase of the litter-decomposing fungus Agrocybe praecox

Hilden, K., Mäkelä, M., Steffen, K., Hofrichter, M., Hatakka, A., Archer, D. & Lundell, T., 2014, In : Fungal Genetics and Biology. 2014, 72, p. 131-136 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soil with fungi From laboratory to field scale

Winquist, E., Bjorklof, K., Schultz, E., Rasanen, M., Salonen, K., Anasonye, F., Cajthaml, T., Steffen, K. T., Jorgensen, K. S. & Tuomela, M., 2014, In : International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. 86, p. 238-247 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2008 2013

Vrouw Maria -hylyn mikrobiologiset analyysit

Steffen, K.

Unknown funder

01/10/200931/12/2013

Project: Research project

Microbial degradation of archaeological wood

Steffen, K. & Montonen, L.

Unknown funder

01/01/200831/12/2012

Project: Research project

Activities 2010 2014

Changbai Mountain International Ecological Forum of China

Kari Steffen (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Sep 201412 Sep 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Institute of Microbiology, Beijing Forestry University

Kari Steffen (Visiting researcher)
4 Sep 201418 Sep 2014

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Pre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Kari Steffen (Pre-examiner)
Jun 2014

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Beijing Forestry University, Institute of Microbiology

Kari Steffen (Visiting researcher)
2 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Bao-Kai Cui

Kari Steffen (Host)
20 Nov 201230 Nov 2012

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

Prisma Studio: Suuri hampurilaistesti

Kari Steffen

21/01/2014

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media