Dr. Kristin Mühldorfer


Head of bacteriology

Department of Wildlife Diseases


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 215

Short curriculum vitae

Kristin Mühldorfer is a veterinary wildlife bacteriologist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW). She graduated at the Department of Veterinary Medicine from the Freie Universität Berlin and concluded her doctoral thesis in 2012 on diseases and infectious agents of bats. In 2013 she moved to the Institute of Poultry Diseases at the Freie Universität Berlin where she was responsible for the bacteriology and serology labs, associated doctoral students and education. Since Dec 2014 she is back at the IZW and head of the bacteriology. Her research interests lie in the field of wildlife diseases particularly novel infectious agents and emerging bacterial pathogens, and the development of reliable disease diagnostics for wildlife species. In 2020 she was accepted by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology.

Research interests
  • Wildlife bacteriology
  • Wildlife diseases
  • Emerging bacterial pathogens affecting wildlife
  • Novel infectious agents
  • Bacteria-host interactions
  • Development of disease diagnostics for zoo and wild animals
Selected publications

Hensel B*, Jakop U*, Scheinpflug K*, Schröter F, Sandmann M, Mühldorfer K, Schulze M (2021): Low temperature preservation: influence of putative bioactive microalgae and hop extracts on sperm quality and bacterial load in porcine semen. SUSTAIN CHEM PHARM 19, 100359. doi:10.1016/j.scp.2020.100359

Jäkel H, Scheinpflug K, Mühldorfer K, Gianluppi R, Lucca MS, Mellagi APG, Bortolozzo FP, Waberski D (2021): In vitro performance and in vivo fertility of antibiotic-free preserved boar semen stored at 5 °C. J ANIM SCI BIOTECHNOL 12, 9. doi:10.1186/s40104-020-00530-6

Eisenberg T, Gronow S, Falgenhauer J, Imirzalioglu C, Mühldorfer K, Rau J, Blom J, Fawzy A, Glaeser SP, Kämpfer P (in press): Sneathia vaginalis sp. nov. (Fusobacteriales, Leptotrichiaceae) as a replacement of the species ‘Sneathia amnii’ Harwich et al. 2012 and ‘Leptotrichia amnionii’ Shukla et al. 2002, and emended description of Sneathia Collins et al. 2001. INT J SYST EVOL MICR. doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.004663

Bajerski F, Bürger A, Glasmacher B, Keller ERJ, Müller K, Mühldorfer K, Nagel M, Rüdel H, Müller T, Schenkel J, Overmann J (2020): Factors determining microbial colonization of liquid nitrogen storage tanks used for archiving biological samples. APPL MICROBIOL BIOTECHNOL 104, 131–144. doi:10.1007/s00253-019-10242-1

Brinkmann A, Kohl C, Radonic A, Dabrowski PW, Mühldorfer K, Nitsche A, Wibbelt G, Kurth A (2020): First detection of bat-borne Issyk-Kul virus in Europe. SCI REP 10, 22384. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79468-8

Edenborough KM, Mu A, Mühldorfer K, Lechner J, Lander A, Bokelmann M, Couacy-Hymann E, Radonic A, Kurth A (2020): Microbiomes in the insectivorous bat species Mops condylurus rapidly converge in captivity. PLOS ONE 15, e0223629. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0223629

Eisenberg T, Heydel C, Prenger-Berninghoff E, Fawzy A, Kling U, Akimkin V, Semmler T, Mühldorfer K, Kämpfer P, Blom J, Ewers C (2020): Streptobacillus canis sp. nov. isolated from a dog. INT J SYST EVOL MICR 70, 2648–2656. doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.004086

Fritschi J, Marti H, Seth-Smith HMB, Aeby S, Greub G, Meli ML, Hofmann-Lehmann R, Mühldorfer K, Stokar-Regenscheit N, Wiederkehr D, Pilo P, van den Broek P, Borel N (2020): Prevalence and phylogeny of Chlamydiae and hemotrophic mycoplasma in captive and free-living bats. BMC MICROBIOL 20, 182. doi:10.1186/s12866-020-01872-x

Hensel B*, Jakop U*, Scheinpflug K*, Mühldorfer K, Schröter F, Schäfer J, Greber K, Jung M, Schulze M (2020): Low temperature preservation of porcine semen: influence of short antimicrobial lipopeptides on sperm quality and bacterial load. SCI REP 10, 13225. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-70180-1

Hornok S, Mühldorfer K, Takács N, Hofmann-Lehmann R, Meli ML, Gyuranecz M, Unnsteinsdóttir ER, Greenwood AD, Czirják GÁ (2020): Broad range screening of vector-borne pathogens in arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) in Iceland. ANIMALS 10, 2031. doi:10.3390/ani10112031

Kohl C, Brinkmann A, Radonić A, Dabrowski PW, Nitsche A, Mühldorfer K, Wibbelt G, Kurth A (2020): Zwiesel bat banyangvirus, a potentially zoonotic Huaiyangshan banyangvirus (formerly known as SFTS)-like banyangvirus in Northern bats from Germany. SCI REP 10, 1370. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-58466-w

Mühldorfer K, Szentiks CA, Wibbelt G, van der Linden M, Ewers C, Semmler T, Akimkin V, Blom J, Rau J, Eisenberg T (2020): Streptococcus catagoni sp. nov., isolated from the respiratory tract of diseased Chacoan peccaries (Catagonus wagneri). INT J SYST EVOL MICR 70, 5734–5739. doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.004471

Paschoal AFL, Luther A-M, Jäkel H, Scheinpflug K, Mühldorfer K, Bortolozzo FP, Waberski D (2020): Determination of a cooling-rate frame for antibiotic-free preservation of boar semen at 5°C. PLOS ONE 15, e0234339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0234339

Prüter H, Franz M, Twietmeyer S, Böhm N, Middendorff G, Portas R, Melzheimer J, Kolberg H, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G, Greenwood AD, Lüschow D, Mühldorfer K, Czirják GÁ (2020): Increased immune marker variance in a population of invasive birds. SCI REP 10, 21764. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-78427-7

Scheinpflug K, Schiller S, Jäkel H, Schulze M, Waberski D, Mühldorfer K (2020): Relevance of Leptospira in boar and for the development of alternative antimicrobial concepts in boar semen preservation. PORCINE HEALTH MANAG 6, 31. doi:10.1186/s40813-020-00169-9

Veiga IB, Mühldorfer K, Hafez HM, Lüschow D (2020): Whatman® FTA® cards performance for Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale DNA amplification. AVIAN DIS 64, 496–498. doi:10.1637/aviandiseases-D20-00030

Edenborough K, Mu A, Mühldorfer K, Lechner J, Lander A, Bokelmann M, Couacy-Hymann E, Radonic A, Kurth A (2020): Microbiomes in the insectivorous bat species Mops condylurus rapidly converge in captivity. PLOS ONE 15, e0223629. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223629.

Mühldorfer K, Speck S, Wibbelt G (2014): Proposal of Vespertiliibacter pulmonis gen. nov., sp. nov. and two genomospecies as new members of the family Pasteurellaceae isolated from European bats. INT J SYST EVOL MICR 64, 2424-2430. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.062786-0.

Mühldorfer K (2013): Bats and bacterial pathogens: a review. ZOONOSES PUBLIC HEALTH 60,93-103. doi: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2012.

Mühldorfer K, Speck S, Kurth A, Lesnik R, Freuling C, Müller T, Kramer-Schadt S, Wibbelt G (2011): Diseases and causes of death in European bats: dynamics in disease susceptibility and infection rates. PLOS ONE 6, e29773. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029773.

Mühldorfer K, Speck S, Wibbelt G (2011): Diseases in free-ranging bats from Germany. BMC VET RES 7, 61. doi:10.1186/1746-6148-7-61.