Dr. Dominik Refardt

Dr. Dominik Refardt

Dr. Dominik Refardt
ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 53 65

Persönliches Profil


  • Leitung Forschungsgruppe Aquakultur-Systeme

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW als



Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

Kultivierung von Mikroalgen, Mikrobielle Evolution, Mikrobielle Ökologie, Bakteriophagen, Mikrosporidien

Aus- und Fortbildung

Dissertation zur lokalen Anpassung von Parasiten (2005, Université de Fribourg)
Studium Biologie (Diplom 2001, Universität Basel)

Beruflicher Werdegang

seit 2016 Dozent an der ZHAW Wädenswil
2012-2015 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der ZHAW Wädenswil
2008-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher an der ETH Zürich
2006-2008 Postdoctoral Researcher an der Auckland University, Neuseeland

Mitglied in Netzwerken




Monographien und Herausgeberschaften

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Production de spiruline à la ferme

: Produire de la spiruline à la ferme grâce au digestat et à la chaleur excédentaire d’une installation de biogaz.

In: Biomasse und Holzenergie. Bern: Bundesamt für Energie BFE.

Beiträge, peer-reviewed

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Catalytic supercritical water gasification: Continuous methanization of Chlorella vulgaris


Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56, 21. 6256-6265. Peer reviewed.

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Extraction of carotenoids from Chlorella vulgaris using green solvents and syngas production from residual biomass


Algal Research, 25 488-495. Peer reviewed.

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Tripartite species interaction: Eukarotic hosts suffer more from phage susceptible than from phage resistant bacteria


BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17, 1. 98. Peer reviewed.

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Opportunities for Switzerland to contribute to the production of algal biofuels: the hydrothermal pathway to bio-methane


Chimia, 69, 10. 614-621. Peer reviewed.

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Potential of algae turf scrubbers (ATS™) for elimination of phosphorus from swimming ponds


In: M. Borin; M. Malagoli; M. Salvato; B. Tanis (Hg.). Wetland Systems: Ecology, Functioning and Management. (29-30). Padova: P.A.N.. Peer reviewed.

Beiträge, nicht peer-reviewed


Phototrophic cultivation of microalgae

: An account of what we have done in the last year and where we want to go.

In: Biomass for Swiss Energy Future Conference 2014. December 2. Villigen, Switzerland: Paul Scherrer Institut.


The open thin-layer photobioreactor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences

: Experiences after a year of continuous operation.

In: BioTech 2014 & 6th Czech-Swiss Symposium. June 11-14. Prague, Czech Republic: ICT Prague Press.

Publikationen vor Tätigkeit an der ZHAW

Vávra, J., M. Hylis, I. Fiala, D. Refardt, R. Larsson. 2016. Microsporidia in a woodland pool I. Lanatospora costata sp. n. (Opisthosporidia, Microsporidia), parasite of Megacyclops viridis (Crustacea, Copepoda): fine structure and molecular phylogeny. Acta Protozool 55:269-280. dx.doi.org/10.4467/16890027AP.16.023.6010

Armanious, A., M. Aeppli, J. Ronald, D. Refardt, T. Sigstam, T. Kohn & M. Sander. 2016. Viruses at solid-water interfaces: A systematic assessment of interactions driving adsorption. Env Sci Tech 50:732-743. dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b04644

Haag, K.L., T.Y. James, J.-F. Pombert, R. Larsson, T.M.M. Schaer, D. Refardt & D. Ebert. 2014. Evolution of a morphological novelty occurred before genome compaction in a lineage of extreme parasites. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:15480–15485. dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1410442111

Refardt, D. & R. Kümmerli. 2013. Defying bacteriophages: contrasting altruistic with individual-based resistance mechanisms in Escherichia coli. Communicative & Integrative Biology 6:e25159. dx.doi.org/10.4161/cib.25159

Refardt, D., T. Bergmiller & R. Kümmerli. 2013. Altruism can evolve when relatedness is low: Evidence from bacteria committing suicide upon phage infection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280:20123035. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.3035. Recommended by F1000Prime

Refardt, D. 2012. Real-time quantitative PCR to discriminate and quantify lambdoid bacteriophages of Escherichia coli K-12. Bacteriophage 2:98-104. dx.doi.org/10.4161/bact.20092

Refardt, D. 2012. Combining forces to target bacteria (invited commentary). Evolutionary Applications 5:537-539. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00255.x

Refardt, D. & D. Ebert. 2012. The impact of infection on host competition and its relationship to parasite persistence in a Daphnia microparasite system. Evolutionary Ecology 26:95-107. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10682-011-9487-5

Refardt, D. 2011. Within-host competition determines reproductive success of temperate bacteriophages. ISME Journal 5:1451-1460. dx.doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2011.30

Haag, K.L., J.I.R. Larsson, D. Refardt & D. Ebert. 2011. Cytological and molecular description of Hamiltosporidium tvaerminnensis gen. et sp. nov., a microsporidian parasite of Daphnia magna, and establishment of Hamiltosporidium magnivora comb. nov. Parasitology 138:447-462. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0031182010001393

Refardt, D. & P.B. Rainey. 2010. Tuning a genetic switch: Experimental evolution and natural variation of prophage induction. Evolution 64:1086-1097. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00882.x

Refardt, D., E. Decaestecker, P.T.J. Johnson & J. Vávra. 2008. Morphology, molecular phylogeny, and ecology of Binucleata daphniae n. g., n. sp (Fungi: Microsporidia), a parasite of Daphnia magna Straus, 1820 (Crustacea: Branchiopoda). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 55:393-408. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1550-7408.2008.00341.x

Refardt, D. & D. Ebert. 2007. Inference of parasite local adaptation using two different fitness components. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20:921-929. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01307.x

Refardt, D. & L. Mouton. 2007. Reverse arrangement of rRNA subunits in the microsporidium Glugoides intestinalis. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 54:83-85. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1550-7408.2006.00149.x

Refardt, D. & D. Ebert. 2006. Quantitative PCR to detect, discriminate and quantify intracellular parasites in their host: an example from three microsporidians in Daphnia. Parasitology 133:11-18. doi.org/10.1017/S0031182006000060

Zbinden, M., S. Lass, D. Refardt, J. Hottinger & D. Ebert. 2005. Octosporea bayeri: fumidil B inhibits vertical transmission in Daphnia magna. Experimental Parasitology 109:58-61

Mucklow, P.T., D.B. Vizoso, K.H. Jensen, D. Refardt & D. Ebert. 2004. Variation in phenoloxidase activity and its relation to parasite resistance within and between populations of Daphnia magna. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 271:1175-1183

Canning, E.U., D. Refardt, C.R. Vossbrinck, B. Okamura & A. Curry. 2004. Correction for genus Bryonosema (Microsporidia, Pseudonosematidae). European Journal of Protistology 40:69-69

Canning, E.U., D. Refardt, C.R. Vossbrinck, B. Okamura & A. Curry. 2002. New diplokaryotic microsporidia (Phylum Microsporidia) from freshwater bryozoans (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata). European Journal of Protistology 38:247-265

Refardt, D., E.U. Canning, A. Mathis, S.A. Cheney, N.J. Lafranchi-Tristem & D. Ebert. 2002. Small subunit ribosomal DNA phylogeny of microsporidia that infect Daphnia (Crustacea: Cladocera). Parasitology 124:381-389. doi.org/10.1017/S0031182001001305

Canning, E.U., A. Curry, S.A. Cheney, N.J. Lafranchi-Tristem, D. Ebert, D. Refardt, M. Killick-Kendrick, R. Killick-Kendrick. 2001. Flabelliforma montana (Phylum Microsporidia) from Phlebotomus ariasi (Diptera, Psychodidae): Ultrastructural observations and phylogenetic relationships. European Journal of Protistology 37:207-221