Helmut Brandl

Research Interests

Microbial physiology, microbial diversity, aeromicrobiology, bioleaching and bioweathering, cyanogenic microorganisms


Education and Professional Positions

1997 - 2017 Senior Researcher, Head of the group Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1997 Habilitation at the University of Zurich entitled "Polyhydroxyalkanoates - Biosynthesis and environmental degradation of microbial biopolymers used as environmentally-friendly plastics"
1986 - 1988 Postdoc on "Biodegradable plastics" at University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA, USA) in the Biochemistry Dept.
1986 Ph.D. in microbiology on "Microbial processes at the sediment-water interface of freshwater lakes", University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Barmettler F., Castelberg C., Fabbri C., Brandl H. (2016) Microbial mobilization of rare earth elements (REE) from mineral solids – A mini review. AIMS Microbiology 2(2):190-204. DOI: 10.3934/microbiol.2016.2.190
  • Jacquet S., Junier P., Zopfi K., Brandl H., Curtis T. (2016) Microbiologie. In: Lemmin U. (Ed.) Dans les abysses du Léman. PPUR, Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 145-168
  • Brandl H. (2015) Die Mikrobiologie des Händeschüttelns. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich 160(1):8-9
  • Zhori A., Meco M., Brandl H., Bachofen R. (2015) In situ chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics as a tool to quantify effects on photosynthesis in Euphorbia cyparissias by a parasitic infection of the rust fungus Uromyces pisi. BMC Research Notes 8:698. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1681-z
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Flynn DFB., Brandl H., Schmid B. (2015) Selection in monoculture vs. mixture alters plant metabolic fingerprints. Journal of Plant Ecology 8:549-557. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtu043
  • Qi L., Qin X., Li F., Siddique KHM., Brandl H., Xu J., Li Y. (2015) Uptake and distribution of stable strontium in 26 cultivars of three crop species: oats, wheat, and barley for their potential use in phytoremediation. International Journal of Phytoremediation 17:264-271. DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2014.898016
  • Brandl H. (2014) „Buckelpisten“ im Schlamm des Genfersees. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich 159(4):10-11
  • Yang M., Liu X., Chen J., Meng F., Zhang Y., Brandl H., Lippert T., Chen N. (2014) Photocatalytic and electrochemical degradation of methylene blue by titanium dioxide. Chinese Science Bulletin 59(17):1964-1967. DOI: 10.1007/S11434-014-0267-9
  • Bont Z., Brandl H. (2014) Lebendes Licht - Der Keulige Hallimasch. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich 159(1):10-12. PDF
  • Torres NT., Och LM., Hauser PC., Furrer G., Brandl H., Vologina E., Sturm M., Bürgmann H., Müller B. (2014) Early diagenetic processes and the formation of iron and manganese layers in Lake Baikal, Siberia. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 16:879-889. DOI: 10.1039/c3em00676j
  • Brandl H., Fricker-Feer C., Ziegler D., Mandal J., Stephan R., Lehner A. (2014) Distribution and identification of culturable airborne microorganisms in a Swiss milk processing facility. Journal of Dairy Science 97:240-246. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2013-7028
  • Wongfun N., Plötze M., Furrer G., Brandl H. (2014) Weathering of granite from the Damma glacier area: the contribution of cyanogenic bacteria. Geomicrobiology Journal, 31(2):93-100. DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2013.802396
  • Wongfun N., Götze J., Furrer G., Brandl H., Plötze M. (2013) Effect of water regime and vegetation on initial granite weathering in a glacier forefield: Evidences from CL, SEM, and Nomarski DIC microscopy. Geoderma, 211-212:116-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.07.009
  • Ragot S., Zeyer J., Zehnder L., Reusser E., Brandl H., Lazzaro A. (2013). Bacterial community structures of an alpine apatite deposit. Geoderma, 202-203:30-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.03.006
  • Torres NT., Hauser PC., Furrer G., Brandl H., Müller B. (2013) Sediment porewater extraction and analysis combining filter tube samplers and capillary electrophoresis. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 15(4):715. DOI: 10.1039/c3em00068k
  • Brandl H. (2013) Detection of fungal infection in Lolium perenne by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Plant Ecology, 6(4):265-269. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rts043
  • Zhou K., Oetterli RM., Brandl H., Lyatuu FE., Buckel W., Zelder F. (2012) Chemistry and Bioactivity of an Artificial Adenosylpeptide B12 Cofactor. ChemBioChem, (13):2052-2055. PDF
  • Brandl H. (2012) Biotechnologisches „Urban Mining“ - Mikroben rezyklieren metallhaltige Abfälle. Umwelt Perspektiven 4/2012:18-21. PDF
  • Mandal J., Brandl H. (2011) Bioaerosols in indoor environment - a review with special reference to residential and occupational locations. The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal, 2011(4):83-96. PDF
  • Cullaj A., Duka S., Emiri A., Koni E., Miho A., Murtaj B., Shumka S., Bachofen R., Schanz F., Brandl H. (2011) Limnological study on a newly built drinking water reservoir near Tirana, Albania. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 182:215-232. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-010-1871-z
  • Zelenka K., Brandl H., Spingler B., Zelder F. (2011) Coordination chemistry and biological activity of 5′-OH modified quinoline–B12 derivatives. Dalton Transactions, 40(38):9665-9667. DOI: 10.1039/c1dt11161b
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Schmid B., Chen Y., Brandl H., van der Heijden MGA., Joshi J. (2011) In their native range, invasive plants are held in check by negative soil-feedbacks. Ecosphere, 2(5):art54. DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00061.1
  • Brandes Ammann A., Brandl H. (2011) Detection and differentiation of bacterial spores in a mineral matrix by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and chemometrical data treatment. BMC Biophysics, 4:14. DOI: 10.1186/2046-1682-4-14
  • Brandes Ammann A., Kölle L., Brandl H. (2011) Detection of bacterial endospores in soil by terbium fluorescence. International Journal of Microbiology, 2011:435281. DOI: 10.1155/2011/435281