Dr. Katherine A. Muñoz Sepúlveda

Betreuerin des Teilprojekts SOILPLAST (Graduiertenakademie Bildung · Mensch · Umwelt)
Sprechstunde: by arrangement
IFG Umwelt
Gebäude I, Raum 4.30


Since  October 2018 deputy professorship in Organic Chemistry (Bachelor and Master)

Laboratory Courses for BSc. Umweltwissenschaften and MSc. Umweltwissenschaften / Ecotoxicology:

  • Instrumentelle Umweltanalytik (BSc.)
  • Environmental Chemistry Lab Course (MSc.)
  • Introduction to scientific and practical interdisciplinary work and research (BSc.)

Supervision of Bachelor, Master or Diploma thesis

Research interests

  • Plasticulture
  • Mycotoxins (Environmental fate and human monitoring)
  • Environmental monitoring of emerging pollutants



Curriculum Vitae

Year Position / Education

Since 10.2018

Deputy professorship in Organic Chemistry, Institute for Environmental Sciences, UKL, Campus Landau

10/2012 - 09/2019 Post-Doc, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University Koblenz-Landau
01/2012 - 08/2012 Post-Doc, Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors, Dortmund

03/2008 – 01/2012

DAAD-CONICYT Scholarship

PhD in Chemistry, PhD-thesis: ”Development of Biomonitoring methods for the mycotoxin Ochratoxin A and their application to assess infants’ exposure with human milk", Faculty of Chemistry at the Technical University Dortmund

2005 – 2007 Scientist/Instructor, department of Food Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Concepcion, Chile

03/2003 – 12/2005

Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Concepción, Chile

03/1996 – 12/2002

Studies of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Concepcion (UdeC), Chile



Environmental monitoring

Schirmel, J., Albert, J., Kurtz, M.P., Muñoz, K., 2018 Plasticulture changes soil invertebrate assemblages of strawberry fields and decreases diversity and soil microbial activity. Appl. Soil Ecol. 124. 379-393.

Muñoz, K., Buchmann, C., Meyer, M., Schmidt-Heydt, M., Steinmetz, Z., Diehl, D., Thiele-Bruhn, S., Schaumann, G.E., 2017. Physicochemical and microbial soil quality indicators as affected by the agricultural management system in strawberry cultivation using straw or black polyethylene mulching. Appl. Soil Ecol. 113, 36-44.

Fernández, D., Tummala, M., Schreiner, V.C., Duarte, S., Pascoal, C., Winkelmann, C., Mewes, D., Muñoz, K., Schäfer, R.B., 2016. Does nutrient enrichment compensate fungicide effects on litter decomposition and decomposer communities in streams? Aquatic Toxicology 174, 169-178.

Steinmetz, Z., Wollmann, C., Schaefer, M., Buchmann, C., David, J., Troger, J., Muñoz, K., Fror, O., Schaumann, G.E., 2016. Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation? The Science of the total environment 550, 690-705.

Buchmann, C., Felten, A., Peikert, B., Muñoz, K., Bandow, N., Dag, A., Schaumann, G.E., 2015. Development of phytotoxicity and composition of a soil treated with olive mill wastewater (OMW): an incubation study. Plant Soil 386, 99-112.

Muñoz, K., Schmidt-Heydt, M., Stoll, D., Diehl, D., Ziegler, J., Geisen, R., Schaumann, G.E., 2015. Effect of plastic mulching on mycotoxin occurrence and mycobiome abundance in soil samples from asparagus crops. Mycotoxin Res 31, 191-201.

Fernandez, D., Vermeirssen, E.L., Bandow, N., Muñoz, K., Schafer, R.B., 2014. Calibration and field application of passive sampling for episodic exposure to polar organic pesticides in streams. Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) 194, 196-202.

Muñoz, K., Vega, M., Rios, G., Geisen, R., Degen, G.H., 2011. Mycotoxin production by different ochratoxigenic Aspergillus and Penicillium species on coffee- and wheat-based media. Mycotox Res 27, 8.


Human Monitoring

Foerster, C., Muñoz, K., Delgado-Rivera, L. et al. 2019. Mycotoxin Res. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12550-019-00369-5

Degen G.H., Partosch F., Muñoz K., Gundert-Remy U. 2017. Daily uptake of mycotoxins – TDI might not be protective for nursed infants. Toxicology Letters 277:69-75.

Ali, N., Muñoz, K., Degen, G.H., 2017. Ochratoxin A and its metabolites in urines of German adults—An assessment of variables in biomarker analysis. Toxicology letters 275, 19-26.

Muñoz, K., Cramer, B., Dopstadt, J., Humpf, H.-U., Degen, G.H., 2017. Evidence of ochratoxin A conjugates in urine samples from infants and adults. Mycotoxin Research 33, 39-47.

Cramer, B., Osteresch, B., Muñoz, K., Hillmann, H., Sibrowski, W., Humpf, H.U., 2015. Biomonitoring using dried blood spots: Detection of ochratoxin A and its degradation product 2’R‐ochratoxin A in blood from coffee drinkers. Molecular nutrition & food research 59, 1837-1843.

Muñoz, K., Blaszkewicz, M., Campos, V., Vega, M., Degen, G.H., 2014. Exposure of infants to ochratoxin A with breast milk. Archives of Toxicology 88, 837-846.

Blaszkewicz M., Muñoz K., Degen GH, 2013. Methods for analysis of citrinin in human blood and urine. Arch Toxicol 87, 7.

Degen, G., Muñoz, K., Hengstler, J., 2013. Occurrence of mycotoxins in breast milk. Handbook of dietary and nutritional aspects of human breast milk. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 813-831.

Muñoz K, Wollin K.-M., Kalhoff H, Degen GH, 2013. Um Vorkommen des Mykotoxin Ochratoxin A in Muttermilchproben aus Deutschland. Gesundheitswesen 75, 3.

Muñoz, K., 2012. Development of biomonitoring methods for the mycotoxin ochratoxin A and their application to assess infants’ exposure with human milk. Dissertation, Technische Universität Dortmund.

Muñoz, K., Campos, V., Blaszkewicz, M., Vega, M., Degen, G.H., 2012. Lactational Transfer of the Mycotoxin Ochratoxin A in Humans. Naunyn-Schmiedebergs Archives of Pharmacology 385, 62-62.

Muñoz, K., Blaszkewicz, M., Degen, G.H., 2010. Simultaneous analysis of ochratoxin A and its major metabolite ochratoxin alpha in plasma and urine for an advanced biomonitoring of the mycotoxin. Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences 878, 2623-2629.

Muñoz, K., Campos, V., Blaszkewicz, M., Vega, M., Alvarez, A., Neira, J., Degen, G., 2010. Exposure of neonates to ochratoxin A: first biomonitoring results in human milk (colostrum) from Chile. Mycotox Res 26, 8.

Vega M., Muñoz K., Sepúlveda C., Aranda M., Campos V., Villegas R., Villarroel O., 2009. Solid-phase extraction and HPLC determination of ochratoxin A in cereals products on Chilean market. Food Control 20, 3.

Muñoz, K., Vega, M., Rios, G., Muñoz, S., Madariaga, R., 2006. Preliminary study of Ochratoxin A in human plasma in agricultural zones of Chile and its relation to food consumption. Food and Chemical Toxicology 44, 1884-1889.

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