Beate Christgen

Over the last years, Beate Christgen has studied natural and engineered microbial systems for a number of different research projects. These included investigating the anode community in bioelectrochemical systems to understand and increase electricity generation from wastewater by a mixed microbial community, studying the impact of the biological driven part of the methane cycle in the Arctic on climate change and how to mitigate this, investigated antibiotic resistance gene abundance and dissemination through a wastewater treatment plant and in the high Arctic, and studied the feasibility of using microbial electrochemical techniques for metal recovery and treatment of distillery wastewater. As part of the Thinking Soils team, Beate studies microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation in hydrogels as soil equivalents with the aim to strengthen the material matrix.