Dr. Boran Kartal

Associate Professor of Microbiology
School of Science
Adress:  MPI for Marine Microbiology / Celsiusstr. 1 / D-28359 Bremen / Germany
Phone number
++49 421 200 3167 (JU) / Tel. - MPI = ++49 421 2028-645
Fax number
++49 421 200 3249 (JU)
Email Address
Research II, Room 91 (JU)
Research Interests

Life on earth is fueled by elemental cycles, which are controlled by the activity of tiny, unicellular life forms called microorganisms. These microbes convert elements from one redox state to another while gaining energy. Their activity has an immense impact on our planet. For example, photosynthetic microorganisms produce oxygen for the planet and nitrogen-cycling microorganisms control the bioavailability of nitrogen, which is integral to the production of crucial biological compounds such as proteins. In the field of environmental microbiology, we focus on characterizing environmentally-relevant microorganisms in molecular detail, and determine their function in the global ecosystem, their interactions, and how human activities impact them. This information is essential to understand how our planet functions and the evolution of life on it, to model its future, and to get inspiration for biotechnological applications.

Selected Publications

The microbial nitrogen-cycling network

MMM Kuypers, HK Marchant, B Kartal

Nature Reviews Microbiology 16 (5), 263-276

Complete nitrification by a single microorganism

MAHJ Van Kessel, DR Speth, M Albertsen, PH Nielsen, ...

Nature 528 (7583), 555-559

Deciphering the evolution and metabolism of an anammox bacterium from a community genome

M Strous, E Pelletier, S Mangenot, T Rattei, A Lehner, MW Taylor, M Horn, ...

Nature 440 (7085), 790-794

Sewage treatment with anammox

B Kartal, JG Kuenen, MCM Van Loosdrecht

Science 328 (5979), 702-703

Molecular mechanism of anaerobic ammonium oxidation

B Kartal, WJ Maalcke, NM De Almeida, I Cirpus, J Gloerich, ...

Nature 479 (7371), 127-130

Candidatus "Anammoxoglobus propionicus" a new propionate oxidizing species of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria

B Kartal, J Rattray, LA Van Niftrik, J Van De Vossenberg, MC Schmid, ...

Systematic and applied microbiology 30 (1), 39-49

Biochemistry and molecular biology of anammox bacteria

MSM Jetten, L Niftrik, M Strous, B Kartal, JT Keltjens, HJM Op den Camp

Critical reviews in biochemistry and molecular biology 44 (2-3), 65-84

Anammox bacteria disguised as denitrifiers: nitrate reduction to dinitrogen gas via nitrite and ammonium

B Kartal, MMM Kuypers, G Lavik, J Schalk, HJM Op den Camp, ...

Environmental microbiology 9 (3), 635-642

Candidatus ‘Brocadia fulgida’: an autofluorescent anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacterium

B Kartal, L Van Niftrik, J Rattray, JLCM Van De Vossenberg, MC Schmid, ...

FEMS microbiology ecology 63 (1), 46-55

Propionate oxidation by and methanol inhibition of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacteria

D Güven, A Dapena, B Kartal, MC Schmid, B Maas, ...

Applied and environmental microbiology 71 (2), 1066-1071

How to make a living from anaerobic ammonium oxidation

B Kartal, NM de Almeida, WJ Maalcke, HJM Op den Camp, MSM Jetten, ...

FEMS microbiology reviews 37 (3), 428-461

Archaea catalyze iron-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane

KF Ettwig, B Zhu, D Speth, JT Keltjens, MSM Jetten, B Kartal

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (45), 12792-12796

Biomarkers for in situ detection of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing (anammox) bacteria

MC Schmid, B Maas, A Dapena, K van de Pas-Schoonen, ...

Applied and environmental microbiology 71 (4), 1677-1684

Nitrogen removal by a nitritation-anammox bioreactor at low temperature

Z Hu, T Lotti, M de Kreuk, R Kleerebezem, M van Loosdrecht, J Kruit, ...

Applied and environmental microbiology 79 (8), 2807-2812

Adaptation of a freshwater anammox population to high salinity wastewater

B Kartal, M Koleva, R Arsov, W Van Der Star, MSM Jetten, M Strous

Journal of biotechnology 126 (4), 546-553

Pilot-scale evaluation of anammox-based mainstream nitrogen removal from municipal wastewater

T Lotti, R Kleerebezem, Z Hu, B Kartal, MK De Kreuk, ...

Environmental technology 36 (9), 1167-1177

A microdiversity study of anammox bacteria reveals a novel Candidatus Scalindua phylotype in marine oxygen minimum zones

D Woebken, P Lam, MMM Kuypers, S Naqvi, B Kartal, M Strous, ...

Environmental microbiology 10 (11), 3106-3119

Simultaneous partial nitritation and anammox at low temperature with granular sludge

T Lotti, R Kleerebezem, Z Hu, B Kartal, MSM Jetten, MCM Van Loosdrecht

Water research 66, 111-121

The metagenome of the marine anammox bacterium ‘Candidatus Scalindua profunda’ illustrates the versatility of this globally important nitrogen cycle bacterium

J van de Vossenberg, D Woebken, WJ Maalcke, HJCT Wessels, BE Dutilh, ...

Environmental microbiology 15 (5), 1275-1289

1994–2004: 10 years of research on the anaerobic oxidation of ammonium

MSM Jetten, I Cirpus, B Kartal, L Van Niftrik, KT Van de Pas-Schoonen, ...

Biochemical Society Transactions 33 (1), p123-127


University Education

Radboud University Nijmegen

PhD, Environmental Biotechnology / Microbiology

2003 - 2008

Newcastle University

MSc, Environmental Engineering

2001 - 2002

Istanbul Technical University

BSc., Environmental Engineering

1997 - 2001





Work Experience

Group Leader, Microbial Physiology Group at Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Assistant Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen

Guest Professor at Ghent University

Junior Researcher at Postdoc at Radboud University Nijmegen