A scientific approach to a severe problem of mankind.
A talk by Prof Dr. Rik Eggen, EAWAG/ETH
November 2009, 20.00 h

RIK I.L. Eggen
Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science
CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
EDUCATION Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Ph.D, Department of molecular bioloy, Oktober 1988.
Nijmegen University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, M.Sc. in Biology (majors in molecular biology and cell biology, minor in microbiology), Oktober 1984.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology, Deputy Director (2007-present),
Eawagdirectorate (2005-2007), Head Environmental Toxicology (2004-2007), Head (ad interim)
Environmental Microbiology (2004-2005), Head Environmental Microbiology and Molecular
Ecotoxicology (2000-2004), Head Microbiology 1996-2000), Head research group molecular ecotoxicology (1994-2008).
ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Adjunct Professor (2004-present). Lecturer (1999-present)
Center for applied exotoxicology in Switzerland, Member of the Board of Directors (2008-present)
Competence Centre Environment and Sustainability (CCES) in the ETH domain, Member of the Management Committee (2006-2008)
Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Department of Microbiology, Senior Researcher and Lecturer (1992-1994), Postdoctoral Fellow (1988-1992).
Department of Molecular Biology, Research and Teaching Assistant (1984-1988)


Molecular and environmental toxicology
Multiple (physical, chemical and biological) stress responses, with a and developmental toxicology
Concepts and processes for improved water quality and assessment.

2009 Member scientific advisory board BLW-Agroscope
2008 Invited participant, workshop on gaps in pollution sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2007-2008 Chairman Taskforce to establishment center for applied ecotoxicology in switzerland
2007 Co-organizer Latsis Symposium on Research frontiers in Environment and Sustainability, Zürich.
2006-present Swiss Environmental Protection Agency, Member of the steering board for a large scale project on " the reduction of the entrance of micropollutants in ecosystems"
2005 - 2009 Co-coordinator of the EU-funded "FaceIt" project (Total volume 4,049,011 Euro).
2000-2007 Member of the project management-team of the multidisciplinary cross cutting project "Novaquatis" (total volume 1260000 CHF)
1999-present Competence centre for xenobiotic and environmental risk research Zürich (XeRR), Vice-president (2004-present), Member steering board (1999-2004)
Reviewer: Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Aquatic Toxicology, Biological and Analytical chemistry, Plant Molecular Biology, Environmental Health Perspectives, Swiss National Science Foundation, Dutch national Science Foundation, German BMBF, U.S. National Science Foundation, Canadian National Science Foundation, Australian national Science Foundation, EU.


Five most significant publications from last 5 years

Rik I.L. Eggen, Renata Behra, Beate I. Escher, Patricia Holm, Nina Schweigert (2004).
Challenges in ecotoxicology. Feature article for Env. Sci. and Technol. 38, 59A-64A.
Aerni, H.-R. , Kobler, B., Rutishauser, B., Wettstein, F., Fischer, R., Hungerbühler, A., Marazuela, D., Schönenberger, R., Giger, W., Peter, A., Suter, M.J.-F., and Rik I.L. Eggen (2004).
Combined biological and chemical assessment of estrogenic activities in wastewater treatment plant effluents. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 378, 688-696.
Beate I. Escher, Rik I.L. Eggen, Nadine Bramaz, Manuela Richter (2005).
In-vitro Assessment of Modes of Toxic Action of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Life. Environmental Science and Technology 39, 3090-3100.
Beat B. Fischer, Anja Krieger-Liszkay, Eva Hideg, Iva Snyrychova, Manuela Wiesendanger, Rik I.L. Eggen (2007).
Role of singlet oxygen in chloroplast to nucleus retrograde signaling in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. FEBS Letters 581, 5555-5560.
K. Cheshenko, F. Pakdel, H. Segner, O. Kah, Rik I.L. Eggen (2008).
Interference of endocrine disrupting chemicals with aromatase CYP19 expression or activity, and consequences for reproduction of teleost fish. General and Comparative Endocrinology 155, 31-62.

Five most significant publications prior to last 5 years

Rik I.L. Eggen, Jan Verver, Joan Wellink, Anke de Jong, Rob Goldbach and Ab van Kammen (1989).
Improvements of the infectivity of in vitro transcripts from cloned cowpea mosaic virus cDNA: impact of terminal nucleotide sequences. Virology 173, 447-455.
Rik I.L. Eggen, Ans C.M. Geerling, Mike S.M. Jetten and Willem M. de Vos (1991).
Cloning, expression and sequence analysis of the genes for carbon monoxide dehydrogenase of Methanothrix soehngenii. Journal of Biological Chemistry 266, 6883-6887.
Jan Roelof van der Meer, Adri C.J Frijters, Johan H.J. Leveau, Rik I.L. Eggen, Alexander J.B. Zehnder and Willem M. de Vos (1991).
Characterization of the Pseudomonas sp. strain P51 gene tcbR, a LysR-type transcriptional activator of the tcbCDEF chlorocatechol oxidative operon, and analysis of the regulatory region. Journal of Bacteriology 173, 3700-3708
Nina Schweigert, Alexander J.B. Zehnder and Rik I.L. Eggen (2001).
Chemical properties of catechols and their molecular modes of toxic action in cells, from microorganisms to mammals Environmental Microbiology 3, 81-91.
Urs Leisinger, Karin Rüfenacht, Beat Fischer, Manuel Pesaro, Arik Spengler, Alexander, J.B. Zehnder and Rik I.L. Eggen (2001).
The glutathione peroxidase homologous gene from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is transcriptionally upregulated by singlet oxygen. Plant Mol. Biol. 46, 395-408.