Miriam van Eekert (PhD)

Environmental (Bio)technology/Microbiology researcher


Laboratory tests, (anaerobic) microbial conversions, digestion, biogas and other forms of bioenergy, biomass, manure, recovery of nutrients, faecal sludge management, urine, pit latrines, biological conversion of organic matter, in situ bioremediation of contaminated soils and sediments


Miriam van Eekert (born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands in 1966) is a senior scientist in the field of environmental (bio)technology (and microbiology) and laboratory work coordinator for LeAF since 2007. She  has over 20 years of experience in the field of environmental microbiology, digestion, anaerobic wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and associated processes.

Miriam graduated in Wageningen as a Molecular scientist with a strong interest in environmental issues in Wageningen. Thereafter she worked for the TNO Institute for Carbohydrate Research in Groningen, where she was occupied with projects initiated by the starch industry on wastewater treatment and microbial degradation of carbohydrates. Thereafter in 1999, Miriam obtained her PhD in Wageningen with a thesis entitled “Transformation of chlorinated compounds by methanogenic granular sludge”. She returned to TNO, this time as a project leader/researcher at the Institute for Environment, Energy and Process Innovation. Her research was directed more towards the (in situ) bioremediation of contaminated soils and sediments. In the next 5 years at the Laboratory of Microbiology of Wageningen University, she was involved in several EU-funded projects focusing mainly on that subject and the anaerobic microbial transformation of xenobiotic compounds.


  • M. van Eekert, J. Weijma, N. Verdoes, F. de Buisonje, B. Reitsma, J. van den Bulk, J. van Gastel, 2012. Explorative research on innovatieve nitrogen recovery. Stowa 2012:51. http://www.stowa.nl/Upload/publicaties/STOWA%202012%2051_LR.pdf
  • M. Mulder, G. Notenboom, R. Lodder, J. Weijma, M. van Eekert, W. Moerman, 2011. Source rapportage Source Simultaneous remOval of hUman a veteRinary pharmaCeuticals and nutrients. http://www.stowa.nl/Upload/publicaties/eindrapportage_source_eindversie_091211_2.pdf
  • E. Schram, M.H.A. van Eekert, E. Schuman, W. Swinkels, 2011. Grondsmaak in kweekvis deel 2. Aquacultuur, 26(3): 29 - 36.
  • I. Bisschops, M. Timmerman, J. Weijma, M. van Eekert, F. de Buisonje, H. Spanjers, Synergie RWZI en Mestverwerking, Stowa, 2011-10. Http://www.stowa.nl/upload/publicaties/STOWA%202011%2010%20LR.pdf
  • I. Bisschops, M. van Eekert, F. van Rossum, M. Wilschut, H. van der Spoel, 2010. Betuwse Kunstmest. Winning van stikstof en fosfaat uit urine. STOWA rapportnr. 2010-30. http://www.stowa.nl/Upload/publicaties/STOWA%202010%2030%20LR.pdf
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, H.-J. van Dooren, M. Lexmond, G. Zeeman, 2010. Wastewater and Manure. In: Methane and Climate Change (D. Reay, P. Smith, and A. van Amstel Eds). Earthscan, London, Washington DC, pp: 151-175.
  • M. Timmerman, J.W. van Riel, I. Bisschops, M. van Eekert, 2009. Optimaliseren van mestvergisting. Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen UR Rapport 243 http://edepot.wur.nl/8189
  • N. Taş, M.H.A van Eekert, W.M. de Vos, and H. Smidt. 2009. The Little Bacteria that Can – Diversity, Genomics and Ecophysiology of "Dehalococcoides" spp. in Contaminated Environments. Microbial Biotechnology, doi:10.1111/j.1751-7915.2009.00147.x.
  • N. Taş, M.H.A van Eekert, G. Schraa, J. Zhou, W.M. de Vos, and H. Smidt. 2009. Tracking functional Guilds: Dehalococcoides spp. in European River basins contaminated with hexachlorobenzene. Applied and Environmental Microbiology: 75(14): 4696-4704.
  • I. Bisschops, M. van Eekert (2008). Inventarisatie van transmissie van pathogenen uit biogas. Van biogas naar Groen Gas. Report by order of SenterNovem (with english summary). http://groengas.nl/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/2008-04-Inventarisatie-van-het-risico-van-transmissie-van-pathogenen-uit-biogas-Van-biogas-naar-Groen-Gas.pdf
  • C.T.M.J. Frijters, Havinga, S., de Jong, K., van der Meer, W., Wessels, C., Schaick, D., de Wit, L., van Eekert, M., Zeeman, G., Velllinga, S. (2008). A new type of anaerobic reactor for treatment of concentrated waste(water streams): an anaerobic reactor with integrated flotation unit. Presented at Aquatech 2008. Amsterdam.
  • B.J.M. van Vliet; M.H.A. van Eekert; G. Zeeman, A.R. Mels, 2008. Sanitation Challenge 2008: voorbij de heilige huisjes? H2O : tijdschrift voor watervoorziening en afvalwaterbehandeling, 41(13): 20 - 21.
  • B.J.M. van Vliet; M.H.A. van Eekert; G. Zeeman, A.R. Mels, 2008. Verslag van de 'Sanitation Challenge: An international conference on new sanitation concepts and models of governance'. Afvalwaterwetenschap, 7(3): 200 - 203.
  • A.J.M. Stams, Luijten, M.L.G.C., Schraa, G., Wolterink, A.F.W.M., Kengen, S.W.M., Van Doesburg, W., Tan, N.C.G., Van Eekert, M.H.A. and Dijk, J.A. (2004). Anaerobic respiration with organic and inorganic chlorine compounds. In: Innovative approaches to the bioremediation of contaminated sites. In: Innovative approaches tot the bioremedation of contaminated sites. Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna (Italy), September 7-11, 2004, Fava, F. and Canepa, P. (Ed.), pp 85-96.
  • M. van Eekert, J. Dries, L. Bastiaens, C. Draaisma, L. Diels, G. Schraa, 2002. Treatment of multiple component pollution in a multibarrier system. International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, Kopenhagen, September 8-13, p 39.
  • J.R. Woertz, W.N.M. van Heiningen, M.H.A. van Eekert, N.J.R. Kraakman, K.A. Kinney, and J.W. Groenestijn, 2002. Dynamic bioreactor operation: Effects of packing material and mite predation on toluene removal from off-gas. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 58: 690-694.
  • M.H.A. van Eekert and G. Schraa, 2001. The potential of anaerobic bacteria to degrade chlorinated compounds. Water Science and Technology, 44(8): 49-56.
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, T.J. Schröder, A.B. van Rhee, A.J.M. Stams, G. Schraa, and J.A. Field, 2001. Constitutive dechlorination of chlorinated ethenes by a methanol degrading methanogenic consortium. Bioresource Technology, 77: 163-170.
  • J.J.M. Staps, M.H.A. van Eekert en W.J. van den Brink, 2000. Saneren op laag niveau. Land + Water, 5: 26-27 (in dutch).
  • P.J.M. Middeldorp, M.G.L.C. Luijten, B.A. van de Pas, M.H.A. van Eekert, S.W.M. Kengen, G. Schraa, and A.J.M. Stams, 1999. Anaerobic microbial reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated ethenes. Bioremediation Journal, 3(3): 151-169.
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, 1999. Transformation of chlorinated compounds by methanogenic granular sludge. PhD thesis. Agricultural University Wageningen, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-5808-068-4. 160 pp.
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, A.J.M. Stams, J.A. Field, and G. Schraa, 1999. Gratuitous dechlorination of chloroethanes by methanogenic granular sludge. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 51(1): 46-52.
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, N.J.P. van Ras, G.H. Mentink, H. H.M. Rijnaarts, A.J.M. Stams, J.A. Field, and G. Schraa, 1998. -HCH) by methanogenicb-hexachlorocyclohexane (bAnaerobic transformation of granular sludge and soil microflora. Environ. Sci. Technol., 32: 3299-3304.
  • M.H.A van Eekert en Gosse Schraa. 1998. Microbiologische in situ bioremediatie van landmijnen. Eindrapport van een haalbaarheidstudie in het kader van het HOM 2000 project in opdracht van het Ministerie van Defensie. 66 pp (in dutch).
  • M.H.A. van Eekert, T.J. Schröder, A.J.M. Stams, G. Schraa, and J.A. Field, 1998. Degradation and fate of carbon tetrachloride in unadapted methanogenic granular sludge. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 64: 2350-2356.
  • R. Sierra-Alvarez, S. Kortekaas, M. van Eekert and G. Lettinga, 1991. The anaerobic biodegradability and methanogenic toxicity of pulping wastewaters. Wat. Sci. Technol., 24 (3/4): 113-125