Profile: David Kafkewitz

Professor Emeritus

Department of Biological Sciences


  • Physiology and metabolism of anaerobic bacteria
  • Microbial degradation of xenobiotics
  • Hazardous waste microbiology
  • Education

    B.S. in Biology, Brooklyn College, 1964.

    Ph.D. in Microbiology, Cornell University, 1969.

  • Publications

    Holzapfel, C., Shahrokh, P., and Kafkewitz, D.  2010.  Polyphenol oxidase activity in the roots of seedlings of Bromus (Poaceae) and other grass genera.  American Journal of Botany 97(7):1195-1199.

    Villarante N. R., Armenante, P. M., Quibuyen, T. A. O., Fava, F, and Kafkewitz, D., 2001 Dehalogenation of Dichloroethene in a Contaminated Soil: Fatty Acids and Alcohols as Electron Donors and an Apparent Requirement for Tetrachloroethene, Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology. 55(2):239-47

    Kafkewitz, D. and M.T. Togna. 1998: Microbes in the Muck: a look into the anaerobic world. Chapter 12 in Biological Treatment of Hazardous Waste by G. A. Lewandowski and L. J. DeFilippi (editors), pp. 327-357 John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY.

    Colella, L. S., Armenante, P. M., Kafkewitz, D., Allen, S. J., and Balasundaram, V., “Adsorption Isotherms for Chlorinated Phenols on Activated Carbons,” J. Chem. Eng. Data, 1998, 43: 573-579.

    Armenante, P. M., D. Kafkewitz, G. A. Lewandowski and C. j. Jou. 1999 anaerobic-aerobic treatment of halogenated phenolic compounds. Water Research , 33: 681-692.

    Armenante, P. M., Colella, L. S., Kafkewitz, D., and Larkin, M. J., “Effect of a Biofilm on Activated Carbon Adsorption,” Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 1996, 46(5): 667-672.

    Kafkewitz, D., Fava, F., and Armenante, P. M. 1996. Effect of Vitamins in the Aerobic Degradation of 2-Chlorophenol, 4-Chlorophenol, and 4-Chlorobiphenyl, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 46(4): 414-421.

    Su, J.J. and D.Kafkewitz 1996 Toluene and xylene degradation by a denitrifying strain of Xanthamonas maltophilia with limited or no oxygen. Chemosphere 32:1843-1850.

    Allen,S.J., V. Balasundaram, P.M. Armenante, L.Thom and D Kafkewitz. 1995 Contrasting adsorption exhibited by lognite-based activated carbons. J. Chem. Tech. Biotechnol. 64, 261-268.

    Fava, F., P.M. Armenante, and D. Kafkewitz. 1995 Aerobic degradation and dechlorination of 2-chlorophenol, 3-chlorophenol, and 4-chlorphenol by a strain of Pseudomonas picketti. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 21, 307-312.

    Armenante, P.M., H.Y. Shu, C.R. Huang, C.M. Kung and D. Kafkewitz,1995 Kinetics of the sequential dechlorination of 2,4, 6-trichlorphenol by an anaerobic population. Biotechnology Letters, 17: 663-668.

    Armenante, P. M., F. Fava, and D. Kafkewitz, 1995. Effect of Yeast Extract on Growth Kinetics During Aerobic Biodegradation of Chlorobenzoic Acids, Biotechnology and Bioengineering.47:227-233.

    Fava, F., P. M. Armenante, D. Kafkewitz, and L. Marchetti, 1995 Influence of Organic and Inorganic Growth Supplements on the Aerobic Biodegradation of Chlorobenzoic Acids, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 43:171-177.

    Togna, M. T., D Kafkewitz, and P.M Armenante,.1995 “Rapid Dehalogenation of 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol at Alkaline pH by an Anaerobic Enrichment Culture, Lett. Appl. Microbiol., 20: 113-116.

    Kafkewitz, D., P. M. Armenante, G. Hinshalwood, and G. San Agustin. 1994 Immobilization of Heavy Metals in Incinerator Ash by the Activity of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans. Hazard. Waste Hazard. Materials, 11(4) 519- 527.

    Su J.J. and D.Kafkewitz 1994 Utilization of toluene and xylenes by a nitrate-reducing strain of Pseudomonas maltophilia under low oxygen and anoxic conditions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, , 15: 249-258.

    Kafkewitz, D. and J.J. Su. 1994. Aerobic Denitrification ( technical comment). Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 9(4): 149.

    Armenante,. P. M., D. Kafkewitz, C. J. Jou, and G. Lewandowski, 1993. Effect of pH on the Anaerobic Dechlorination of Chlorophenols in a Defined Medium, Appl. Microb. Biotechnol. 39:772-777.

    Kafkewitz, D. P. M. Armenante, G. Lewandowski, and C. M. Kung, 1992. Dehalogenation and Mineralization of 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol by the Sequential Activity of Anaerobic and Aerobic Microbial Populations, Biotechnol. Lett. 14:143-148.

    Armenante, P. M. D. Kafkewitz, G. Lewandowski, and C. M. Kung, 1992. Integrated Anaerobic-Aerobic Process for the Biodegradation of Chlorinated Aromatic Compounds, Environmental Progress, 11:113-122.