Dr. Andrea Cherkouk

Phone: +49 351 260 2989

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Scientific career

  • Since 2014:
    Head of the Junior Research Group MicroSalt at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden- Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology
  • 2009-2013:
    Research Associate at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology (formerly Institute of Radiochemistry)
  • 2006-2009:
    Research Associate University of Manchester, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2007:
    PhD at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • 2003-2006:
    PhD student at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiochemmistry
  • 2003:
    Diploma in Geoecology at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Research fields

  • Microbe-actinide interactions
  • Microbial ecology


  • Microbiology In Nuclear waste Disposal (MIND)
  • Transformation mechanisms in bentonites as barrier material for nuclear waste repositories (UMB)



Europium(III) as luminescence probe for interactions of a sulfate-reducing microorganism with potentially toxic metals

Hilpmann, S.; Moll, H.; Drobot, B.; Vogel, M.; Hübner, R.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

Related publications

Presence of uranium(V) during uranium(VI) reduction by Desulfosporosinus hippei DSM 8344T

Hilpmann, S.; Roßberg, A.; Steudtner, R.; Drobot, B.; Hübner, R.; Bok, F.; Prieur, D.; Bauters, S.; Kvashnina, K.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

Related publications


Microscopic and spectroscopic bioassociation study of uranium(VI) with an archaeal Halobacterium isolate

Hilpmann, S.; Bader, M.; Steudtner, R.; Müller, K.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

Related publications


Bentonite alteration in batch reactor experiments with and without fertilizing agents: implications for the disposal of radioactive waste

Podlech, C.; Matschiavelli, N.; Peltz, M.; Kluge, S.; Arnold, T.; Cherkouk, A.; Meleshyn, A.; Grathoff, G.; Warr, L. N.


Molecular binding of Eu(III)/Cm(III) by Stenotrophomonas bentonitica and its impact on the safety of future geodisposal of radioactive waste

Ruiz-Fresneda, M. A.; Lopez Fernandez, M.; Martinez-Moreno, M. F.; Cherkouk, A.; Ju-Nam, Y.; Ojeda, J. J.; Moll, H.; Merroun, M. L.


The year-long development of microorganisms in uncompacted Bavarian bentonite slurries at 30 °C and 60 °C

Matschiavelli, N.; Kluge, S.; Podlech, C.; Standhaft, D.; Grathoff, G.; Ikeda-Ohno, A.; Warr, L.; Chukharkina, A.; Arnold, T.; Cherkouk, A.

Association of Eu(III) and Cm(III) onto an extremely halophilic archaeon

Bader, M.; Moll, H.; Steudtner, R.; Lösch, H.; Drobot, B.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

Microbial diversity in an arid, naturally saline environment

Bachran, M.; Kluge, S.; Lopez-Fernandez, M.; Cherkouk, A.


Impact of Haloarchaea on speciation of uranium – a multi-spectroscopic approach

Bader, M.; Rossberg, A.; Steudtner, R.; Drobot, B.; Großmann, K.; Schmidt, M.; Musat, N.; Stumpf, T.; Ikeda-Ohno, A.; Cherkouk, A.

Involved research facilities

Related publications

Comparative analysis of uranium bioassociation with halophilic bacteria and archaea

Bader, M.; Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Schmidt, M.; Simmons, K.; Swanson, J. S.; Reed, D. T.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.


Plutonium interaction studies with the Mont Terri Opalinus Clay isolate Sporomusa sp. MT-2.99: changes in the plutonium speciation by solvent extractions.

Moll, H.; Cherkouk, A.; Bok, F.; Bernhard, G.

Multistage bioassociation of uranium onto an extremely halophilic archaeon revealed by a unique combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques

Bader, M.; Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Drobot, B.; Schmidt, M.; Musat, N.; Swanson, J. S.; Reed, T. D.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.


Study of the Interaction of Eu3+ with Microbiologically Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitates using TRLFS

Johnstone, E. V.; Hofmann, S.; Cherkouk, A.; Schmidt, M.

Influence of riboflavin on the reduction of radionuclides by Shewanella oneidenis MR-1

Cherkouk, A.; Law, G. T. W.; Rizoulis, A.; Law, K.; Renshaw, J. C.; Morris, K.; Livens, F. R.; Lloyd, J. R.


Bacterial diversity in bentonites, engineered barrier for deep geological disposal of radioactive wastes

Lopez-Fernandez, M.; Cherkouk, A.; Vílchez-Vargas, R.; Sandoval, R.; Pieper, D.; Boon, N.; Sánchez-Castro, I.; Merroun, M.


Interactions of the Mont Terri Opalinus Clay isolate Sporomusa sp. MT-2.99 with curium(III) and europium(III)

Moll, H.; Lütke, L.; Geissler, A.; Selenska-Pobell, S.; Bernhard, G.; Bachvarova, V.


Strong paramagnetism of Gold nanoparticles deposited on a Sulfolobus acidocaldarius S-layer

Bartolome, J.; Bartolome, F.; Garcia, L. M.; Figueroa, A. I.; Repolles, A.; Martinez, M. J.; Luis, F.; Magen, C.; Selenska-Pobell, S.; Pobell, F.; Reitz, T.; Schönemann, T.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Merroun, M.; Geissler, A.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.

Involved research facilities

  • High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD)


Magnetic Au Nanoparticles on Archaeal S-layer Ghosts as Templates

Selenska-Pobell, S.; Reitz, T.; Schönemann, R.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Merroun, M.; Geißler, A.; Bartolomé, J.; Bartolomé, F.; Garcia, L. M.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.

Involved research facilities

  • High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD)
  • Open Access Logo Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology 1(2011)2, 8-16
    ISSN: 1847-9804

Law, G.T.W.; Geissler, A.; Burke, I.T.; Livens, F.R.; Lloyd, J.R.; McBeth, J.M.; Morris, K.
Uranium redox cycling in sediment and biomineral systems.

Geissler, A.; Law, G.T.W.; Boothman, C.; Morris, K.; Burke, I.T.; Livens, F.R.; Lloyd, J.R.
Microbial communities associated with the oxidation of iron and technetium in bioreduced sediments.


Law, G.T.W.; Geissler, A.; Lloyd, J.R.; Livens, F.R.; Boothman, C.; Begg, J.D.C.; Denecke, M.A.; Rothe, J.; Dardenne, K.; Burke, I.T.; Charnock, J.M.; Morris, K.
Geomicrobiological redox cycling of the transuranic element neptunium.

Law, G.T.W.; Geissler, A.; Boothman, C., Burke, I.T.; Livens, F.R.; Lloyd, J.R.; Morris, K.
Role of nitrate in conditioning aquifer sediments for technetium bioreduction.


Biogeochemical changes induced in uranium mining waste pile samples by uranyl nitrate treatments under anaerobic conditions

Geissler, A.; Merroun, M.; Geipel, G.; Reuther, H.; Selenska-Pobell, S.

Aquilina, A.; Knab, N.J.; Knittel, K.; Kaur, G.; Geissler, A.; Kelly, S.P.; Fossing, H.; Boot, C.S.; Parkes, R.J.; Mills, R.A.; Boetius, A.; Lloyd, J.R.; Pancost R.D.
Biomarker indicators for anaerobic oxidizers of methane in brackish-marine sediments with diffusive methane fluxes.

Renshaw, J.C.; Law, N.; Geissler, A.; Livens, F.R.; Lloyd, J.R.
Impact of the Fe(III)-reducing bacteria Geobacter sulfurreducens and Shewanella oneidensis on the speciation of plutonium.


Addition of U(VI) to a Uranium Mining Waste Sample and Resulting Changes in the Indigenous Bacterial Community

Geissler, A.; Selenska-Pobell, S.