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Katharine Thompson


Group Leader - Glyphosates
Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management
­Department Environmental Microbiology


Bandtäle 2
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 1.032

Vogel, A.L., Thompson, K.J., Kleindienst, S. and Zarfl, C. (2023) Dosage concentration and pulsing frequency affect the degradation efficiency in simulated bacterial polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading cultures. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, pp.1-13

Vogel, A.L., Thompson, K.J., Straub, D., App, C.B., Gutierrez, T., Löffler, F.E., Kleindienst, S. (2023) Substrate-independent expression of key functional genes in Cycloclasticus pugetii strain PS-1 limits their use as markers for PAH biodegradation. Frontiers in Microbiology

Bronner, R.*, Thompson, K.*, Dreher, C., Runge, E., Voggenreiter, E., Shuster, J., Wan, B., Joshi, P., Fischer, S., Duda, J.P., Kappler, A., and Mansor, M. (2023) Co-reduction of Fe (III) and S0 drives Fe-S biomineral formation and phosphate mobilisation. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 24, pp.27-32

Thompson, K.J., Kenward, P.A., Bauer, K.W., Warchola, T., Gauger, T., Martinez, R., Simister, R.L., Michiels, C.C., Llirós, M., Reinhard, C.T., Kappler, A., Konhauser, K.O., Crowe, S.A. (2019) Photoferrotrophy, deposition of banded iron formations, and methane production in Archean oceans. Science Advances Vol. 5 no. 11, eaav2869

Bray, M.S., Wu, J., Padilla, C.C., Stewart, F.J., Fowle, D.A., Henny, C., Simister, R.L., Thompson, K.J., Crowe, S.A., Glass, J.B. (2019) Phylogenetically and structurally diverse electroactive pili from anoxic ecosystems. Environmental Microbiology Reports doi:10.1111/1758-2229.12809

Ozaki, K., Thompson, K.J., Simister, R.L., Crowe, S.A., Reinhard, C.T. (2019) Anoxygenic photosynthesis and the delayed oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere. Nature communications Vol. 10 Issue 1: 3026

Stamps, B.W., Nunn, H.S., Petryshyn, V.A., Oremland, R.S., Miller, L.G., Rosen, M.R., Bauer, K.W., Thompson, K.J., Tookmanian, E.M., Waldeck, A.R., Loyd, S.J., Johnson, H.A., Stevenson, B.S., Berelson, W.M., Corsetti, F.A., Spear, J.R. (2018) Metabolic capability and phylogenetic diversity of Mono Lake during a bloom of the eukaryotic phototroph Picocystis sp. ML. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. Vol. 84 Issue 21: e01171-18

Thompson, K.J., Simister, R.L., Hahn, A.S., Hallam, S.J., Crowe, S.A. (2017) Nutrient acquisition and the metabolic potential of photoferrotrophic Chlorobi. Frontiers in microbiology Vol. 8: 1212

Crowe, S.A., Hahn, A.S., Morgan-Lang, C., Thompson, K.J., Simister, R.L., Llirós, M., Hirst, M., Hallam, S.J. (2017) Draft genome sequence of the pelagic photoferrotroph Chlorobium phaeoferrooxidans. Genome Announ. Vol. 5 Issue 13: e01584-16

Thompson, K.J., Zong, J., Mackie, G. (2015) Altering the divalent metal ion preference of RNase E. Journal of Bacteriol. Vol. 197:477–482

Wong, A., McBurney, K., Thompson, K.J., Stickney, L., Mackie, G. (2013) The S1 and KH domains of polynucleotide phosphorylase determine the efficiency of RNA binding and autoregulation.  Journal of Bacteriol. Vol. 195 no. 9: 2021-2031

Melendez, I., Grice, K., Trinajstic, K., Ladjavardi, M., Greenwood, P., Thompson, K.  (2012) Biomarkers reveal the role of photic zone euxinia in exceptional fossil preservation: An organic geochemical perspective. Geology. Vol. 41 no. 2: 123-126

Ongoing research into the detrimental effects of anthropogenic activities, specifically the use of herbicides in agricultural practices, have delineated the persistence and ubiquity of both herbicides and their degradation by-products in nature. Further work is needed to elucidate the impact of these herbicides, for example widely used glyphosate, and their degradation on the micro- and macro-communities. My research will utilize a multi-facetted approach with both molecular-biological tools, such as ‘omics’, and geochemistry to investigate the factors that control or limit glyphosate degradation under laboratory conditions designed to better reflect those of the environment. These data will subsequently be used to better inform and untangle the complexity of microbial community interactions in environmental studies of herbicide biodegradation and thus pollutant turnover.

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