Jimmy Köpke

Jimmy Köpke is a PhD candidate in Water Quality Engineering at the German Environment Agency (UBA) in Berlin (Germany) and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ in Leipzig (Germany) with six years of research experience. He holds a Master´s degree in Environmental Engineering and Sciences awarded by the Technische University Berlin (TUB), where he specialized in Environmental Biotechnology. Within his PhD he is investigating the aerobic and anaerobic microbial transformation of organic micropollutants such as antibiotics and the risk of transfer of antibiotic resistance within water treatment processes. Jimmy already worked for 3.5 years as Student Research and Teaching Assistant at the Departments of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Microbiology at the TUB during his Bachelor and Master studies. Moreover, during his studies he participated in two research internships at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research for in total 1.5 years investigating the microbial attenuation of antibiotics under various redox conditions. He obtained various international experiences by joining the SCELSE Summer programme of the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) on biofilm applications and during his exchange semester at the Tsinghua University (THU) in Beijing as member of the Graduate Programme of Environmental Science and Engineering. Before he started his PhD position he was a Research Associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela researching the assessment of antibiotic biotransformation and antibiotic resistance in High-rate activated sludge systems.