Oliver Drzyzga, Dr.

                            -  SusPlast Platform Manager & Microbiologist  -

                                   Biological Research Center (CIB-CSIC)

                           Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology 

                                                 28040 Madrid (Spain)


                                             E-mail:     drzyzga@cib.csic.es

                                   Phone: +34 / 91 8373 112 (ext. - 442854)



Curriculum Vitae 



Private Lecturer / Habilitation thesis for receiving the Venia Legendi  for "microbiology" at the University of Bremen, Germany (2004)

- Title of thesis: "Bacterial elimination of compounds with high electron deficiency with the examples 

   of TNT (trinitrotoluene) and PCE (perchloroethene) and the relevance of microbiological 

   remediation" (submission date, 10.04.2003)

- Title of public students lecture: "Settlement and pathogenicity of bacteria in the human 

    body"  (held at 01.12.2003)

- Title of colloquium: "Bioterrorism with the example of Bacillus anthracis"

   (held at 16.12.2003)

- Title of inaugural lecture: "Some like chlorine! - how bacteria respire with chlorine"

   (held at 29.04.2004)

PhD / Doctoral thesis in Microbiology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (1996)

- Title of thesis: "Transformation and degradation of diphenylamine and nitrodiphenylamines 

   from ammunition waste by anaerobic bacteria"  (thesis defense held at 04.06.1996)

MSc / Diploma thesis in Biology (Microbiology) at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (1992)

- Title of thesis: "Isolation and characterization of marine sulfate-reducing bacteria under 

   consideration of the anaerobic degradation of aromatic compounds"

   (thesis defense held at 11.05.1992)



since 2019: Manager of the CSIC platform SusPlast (https://pti-susplast.csic.es):

since 2012: EU-Project Manager at the Biological Research Center (CIB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain;

                    Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology, Polymer Biotechnology Group.

                    See also our EU projects:  P4SB  -  CELBICON  -  LIAR  -  REFUCOAT  -  AFTERLIFE 

                      ENGICOIN  -  SINFONIA  - MIX-UP  -  BIOSFERA  -  CO2SMOS  -  PROMICON  -  

                      FRONTSH1P    -  AGRILOOP   -   deCYPher   

2005 - 2011: Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I.,

                     Faculty of Biological Sciences;  Molecular Genetics Group

                     (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

2000 - 2004: Assistant and Associate Professor at the Department of Marine Microbiology;

                     Faculty of Biology and Chemistry (University of Bremen, Germany)

1999 - 2000: Postdoctoral Researcher in the EU demonstration project  "In situ bioremediation

                     of soil contaminated with chlorinated ethenes and nickel" at the Department of

                     Microbiology; Microbial Ecology Group (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

1997 - 1998: Postdoctoral Researcher in the German BMBF-project "Biological remediation of

                     ammunition waste" at the Institute of Immunology and Environmental Hygiene

                    (University of Marburg, Germany)



- 54 publications (34 as leading or senior author); many poster and oral presentations at

   national and international congresses

- Several times reviewer for international high-ranking and peer-reviewed journals

  (e.g., Appl. Environ. Microbiol., Arch. Microbiol., FEMS Microbiol. Lett., Environ. Microbiol.,

   Environ. Sci. Technol., Chemosphere)

- 11 years of teaching experience by supervising undergraduate and graduate students

   (in practical courses and theses) and by giving self-composed lectures

- 01/1994 - 06/1996: Doctoral fellowship from the german "Studienstiftung des Deutschen

   Volkes" (German National Academic Foundation; Bonn, Germany)

- Professional Societies: from 1988 Member of the VAAM (Vereinigung für Allgemeine und

   Angewandte Mikrobiologie; engl. = Society for General and Applied Microbiology)

- Oliver is    

- Oliver is also on  



DRZYZGA, O., A. Schmidt, and K.-H. Blotevogel (1996): Cometabolic transformation and cleavage of nitrodiphenylamines by three newly isolated sulfate-reducing bacterial strains. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 62:1710-1716.

DRZYZGA, O., D. Bruns-Nagel, T. Gorontzy, K.-H. Blotevogel, D. Gemsa, and E. von Löw (1998): Incorporation of 14C-labeled 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) metabolites into different soil fractions after anaerobic and anaerobic-aerobic treatment of soil/molasses mixtures. Environmental Science and Technology; 32:3529-3535.

DRZYZGA, O., J. Gerritse, J. Dijk, H. Elissen, and J.C. Gottschal (2001): Coexistence of a sulfate-reducing Desulfovibrio species and the dehalorespiring Desulfitobacterium frappieri  TCE1 in defined chemostat cultures grown with various combinations of sulfate and tetrachloroethene. Environmental Microbiology, 3:92-99.

DRZYZGA, O. and J.C. Gottschal (2002): Tetrachloroethene dehalorespiration and growth of Desulfitobacterium frappieri TCE1 in strict dependence on the activity of Desulfovibrio  fructosivorans. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 68:642-649.

DRZYZGA, O. (2003): Diphenylamine and derivatives in the environment: a review. Chemosphere, 53:809-818.

DRZYZGA, O., J.M. Navarro Llorens, L. Fernández de las Heras, E. García Fernández, and J. Perera (2009): Gordonia cholesterolivorans sp. nov., a cholesterol-degrading actinomycete isolated from sewage sludge. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 59:1011-1015.      

DRZYZGA, O., L. Fernández de las Heras, V. Morales, J.M. Navarro Llorrens, and J. Perera (2011):  Cholesterol degradation by Gordonia cholesterolivorans. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77:4802-4810.

DRZYZGA, O. (2012): The strenghts and weaknesses of Gordonia: A review of an emerging genus with increasing biotechnological potential. Critical Reviews in Microbiology, 38:300-316.

DRZYZGA, O. et al. (2014): Next generation chemical building blocks and bioplastics. Bioplastics Magazine, 9(5):28-30.

DRZYZGA, O.O. Revelles, G. Durante-Rodríguez, E. Díaz, J.L. García, and A. Prieto (2015): New challenges for syngas fermentation: towards production of biopolymers. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 90:1735-1751.

DRZYZGA, O. and A. Prieto (2019): Plastic waste management, a matter for the "community". Microbial Biotechnology, 12 (1):66-68.

(Last update:  Febryary 2024)