Erika Tóth

Erika Tóth


Head of the Department of Microbiology


Phone number:

+36-1-372-2500/8386 or 8792

Short CV:

PhD: 2001

PhD title: Bacteriological aspects of Wohlfahrtia magnifica, (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) infections

Habilitation: 2012

Title: Bacterial taxonomy in the service of applied research

Supervisor in the Biological and Environmental Doctoral School of ELTE

habilitated associated professor, From 2017 head of the Department of Microbiology

From 2018 head of the biology program of Environmental Doctoral School of ELTE , from 2019 core member of the Environmental Doctoral School of ELTE



1995- Hungarian Society for Microbiology

2000-2006. Hungarian Society for Parasitologists

2006- Hungarian Hydrological Society

2008- Member of the Supervisory Board of the Hungarian Microbiological Society

2008- Member of the International Committee in Systematic of Prokaryotes (ICSP) in the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of the Suborder Micrococcineae

2014-2018 Member of ICSP EB (executive board)

2018- Hungarian delegate of tól ICSP


Research topics:

  • Classical and novel microbiological cultivation techniques, (isolation of bacterial strains, phenotypic and genetic characterisation), developing special cultivation techniques.
  • Microbial taxonomy, description of novel bacterial taxa.
  • Determination of cell counts and biomass of prokaryotes by fluorescent microscopy.
  • Microbial ecology of aquatic habitats, microbiology of natural and artificial aquatic systems, study of water purification systems by cultivation and molecular techniques
  • Joint Danube Survey (JDS4)
  • Microbiological study of contaminated urban soils



  • Chapters in classical and molecular microbiology L (molbakmb17em)
  • Microbial ecology L (ktudmikokob17em)
  • General microbiology L (bb5t1600)
  • General Microbiology for postgraduated students L (bmbe1032)
  • Classical and molecular bacterial taxonomy L (baktaxmb17em)
  • Classical and molecular methods in microbiology PR (kmmikmmb17lm)
  • Bacterial taxonomy and virus diagnostic PR (baktaxmb17lm)
  • Microbiology of aquatic environments (KÖR-2/1/05-eng)
  • Basic biochemical instrumental methods (bmbe4021)



  • PhD

Marwene Toumi (KTDI): Microbial communities of low nutrient concentration aquatic habitats

Gorkhmaz Abbaszade (50 % KTDI): Microbiological investigations on contaminated urban soils

Farkas Rózsa (BDI): Investigation of the effect of different pollutants on the microbial community composition

  • MSc students:

           Somodi Csenge Margit (biology)

           Buni Dominika (biology)


Featured publications:


Kéki, Zs., Makk, J., Barkács, K., Vajna, B., Palatinszky, M., Márialigeti, K., Tóth, E. 2019. Critical point analysis and biocide treatment in a microbiologically contaminated water purification system of a power plant. SN Applied Sciences 1(8), 820-832.

Tóth, E., Szuróczki, S., Kéki, Zs., Bóka, K., Szili-Kovács, T., Schumann, P. 2017. Gellertiella hungarica gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel bacterium of the family Rhizobiaceae isolated from a spa in Budapest.  International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 67: (11) 4565-4571.  doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002332.

Pándics, T., Hofer, A., Dura, Gy., Vargha, M., Szigeti T., Tóth, E. 2018. Health risk of swimming pool disinfection by-products: regulatory perspective Journal of Water and Health 16 (6) 947-957.

Kirschner AKTReischer GHJakwerth SSavio DIxenmaier SToth ESommer RMach RLLinke REiler AKolarevic SFarnleitner AH.  2017. Multiparametric monitoring of microbial faecal pollution reveals the dominance of human contamination along the whole Danube River. Research 124, 543-555. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.07.052. 

Bohus, V., Tóth, EM., Székely, A., Makk, J., Branyi, K., Patek, G., Schunk, J., Márialigeti, K. 2010. Microbiological investigation of an industrial ultra pure supply water plant using cultivation-based and cultivation-independent methods. earch 44(20), 6124-32. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.07.006. 

Tóth, EM., Schumann, P., Borsodi, AK., Keki, Zs., Kovacs, AL., Márialigeti, K. 2008. Wohlfahrtiimonas chitiniclastica gen. nov., sp. nov., a new gammaproteobacterium isolated from Wohlfahrtia magnifica (Diptera: Sarcophagidae).  International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 58(4):976-81. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.65324-0.



Publications are available:

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