Julia Vierheilig
Tel.: +43-1-58801-406654

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Vierheilig, J., Farnleitner, A.H., Kollanur, D., Blöschl, G. and Reischer, G.H. 2012. High Abundance of Genetic Bacteroidetes Markers for Total Fecal Pollution in Pristine Alpine Soils Suggests Lack in Specificity for Feces. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 88(3), 433-435.


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Julia Vierheilig


Research Interests


• Environmental Protection
• Biotechnology
• Applied Microbiology
• Microbial Ecology
• Microbial hazards and risk assessment

Julia´s interests lies in the field of water resource research because of the enormous importance of water to life. In the light of the constantly growing population on earth the treatment of water resources and their protection becomes ever more important. Julia is working in the field of microbial pollution of water resources under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Farnleitner. The working title of her dissertation is “Bacteroidetes and Clostridium perfringens as alternative bacterial indicators for total faecal pollution: Applicability and analysis of their population structure and dynamics”.

Key Facts


Julia studied Biology at the University of Wuerzburg, where she passed her “Diplom” examination in June 2009 with the over-all grade of “very good”. The topic of her “Diplom” thesis supervised by Prof. Dr. Benz (Biotechnology) was “Phylogenetic and physiological characterization of sulphamethoxazol degrading microorganisms in wastewater.” It was involved in an interdisciplinary research project between the TU Munich and the Bavarian Environment Agency.

Julia specialised in Zoology, Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology as her major subjects and Biotechnology and Pharmacognosy as minor subjects during her studies. She also took an additional subject: Biochemistry. Julia has spent time conducting research in Malaysia under the supervision of Dr. Frank Wiens on questions about human alcoholism. During this research she also cooperated with the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). This work was funded by a Fellowship from the DAAD. Julia has always has been interested in interdisciplinary research and has taken courses in many different research fields during her studies such as bioinformatics, human genetics, botany and GIS.