New PhD fellow: Francisca Contreras LeivaBio VI
Francisca Contreras Leiva started beginning of September, 2017 her PhD in our group. She will work on t ailored enzyme cocktails for efficient cellulose biodegradation in the EnzyBioDeg project. Francisca is a member of the Computational Biology sub-division supervised by Dr. Mehdi Davari and will stay with us for three years.
New PhD fellow: Malte WittwerBio VI
Malte Wittwer started his PhD on September 1st, 2017 as a member of the Next Generation Biocatalysis sub-division supervised by Dr. Johannes Schiffels in the Schwaneberg group. He will work on the development of bio-factories comprising whole cell P450- and biohybrid catalysts embedded in synthetic biofilms. He stays in our group for three years.
New Postdoc: Lorenzo PesciBio VI
Dr. Lorenzo Pesci joined the Schwaneberg group on September 1st 2017 as a new PostDoc and will stay with us for three years. He is working in the Hybrid catalysis and HTS sub-division supervised by Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg. His project is entitled "Protein and process engineering of a lipase for bio-based plasticizers production" .
New PhD fellow: Matthias Offermann
Matthias Offermann joined the Schwaneberg group on August 1st, 2017 as a new PhD fellow. He will be part of the Next Generation Biocatalysis sub-division headed by Dr. Johannes Schiffels. In his PhD thesis, Matthias will engineer a sesquiterpene synthase to generate new, exciting terpenoid-based natural compounds. His project is part of the BioSC FocusLab CombiCom and outlined for three years. Welcome to the group!
New PhD fellow: Stefanie BrandsBiotec
Stefanie Brands started in the Schwaneberg group on August 1st, 2017 and is a member of the molecular bioeconomy sub-division headed by Dr. Joelle Ruff. Her project deals with the evolution of the enzyme PigC, which catalyses the final condensation step in the biosynthesis of prodiginines. The project is part of the BioSC FocusLab CombiCom. She will stay in our group for three years.
New PhD fellow: Gustavo SantosBiotec
Gustavo Santos started on August 1st, 2017 as a new PhD fellow in the Schwaneberg group. As a member of the molecular bioeconomy sub-division, he is supervised by Dr. Joelle Ruff and will stay for three years. He will work on the evolution of heme-dependent monooxygenases which is part of the ITN oxytrain project.
New PostDoc: Lingling ZhangBiotec
Dr. Lingling Zhang started as a PostDoc in the Schwaneberg group on June 1st, 2017 and is a member of the interdisciplinary sub-division. Her project deals with electrochemical applications of laccase screening. She will stay in our group for at least two years.
New PostDoc: Leticia NovaesBiotec
Dr. Leticia Novaes has returned into the Schwaneberg group on June 16th, 2017 as a PostDoc and will stay for two years. She is working in the Biohybrid Systems sub-division headed by Dr. Felix Jakob. Currently, she is involved in the Pro-Planta project, which aims to protect plants with antimicrobial peptides and gallates from bacterial infections.
New technical assistant: Soumiya EzzahoiniBiotec
Soumiya Ezzahoini has joined the Schwaneberg group on April 5th, 2017 as technical assistant. She is working in the molecular bioeconomy sub-division, which is headed by Dr. Anna Joelle Ruff. Currently, Ms. Ezzahoini is involved in the Golgi Glykan Fabrik 2.0 project.
New PhD fellow: Subrata PramanikBiotec
Subrata Pramanik starts as a PhD fellow in the Schwaneberg group on April 3rd, 2017 and is a part of the Computational Biology sub-division. His PhD project is a seed fund dealing with the structural and kinetic modeling of inhibitory ADAM10 and 17 in inflammation using empirical as well as simulation techniques.
New PostDoc: Richard MeurerBiotec
Richard Meurer has joined the group on March 1st 2017 as PostDoc. His current research topic is the development of in vitro high throughput screening platforms for directed evolution and cell-free metagenomics – iVDT2.
New PostDoc: Dr. Christoph GertlerBiotec
Dr. Christoph Gertler just joined the Schwaneberg team as PostDoc on the 1st of February, 2017. He assists in the publication activity, organizes industry contacts and supports grant capture of the institute.
New PostDoc: Dr. Islam El-AwaadBiotec
Dr. Islam Elawaad is also one of the new PostDocs since February 1st 2017. He is a part of the Biohybrid Systems sub-division, which is located in DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He is working on the ZykloBox project, which deals with sustainable production of cyclic dinucleotide derivatives using a cyclase toolbox.
New lab manager: Claudia WichlatzBiotec
From February 1st 2017 onwards, Claudia Wichlatz is the new lab manager in the DWI division of the Schwaneberg group. Her main duties are safety and security instruction, lab management and organization.
New PhD fellow: Ulrich MarkelBiotec
Ulrich Markel started as PhD fellow in the Schwaneberg group on January 1st, 2017 and is a part of the project Hyka-synBio (BMBF research award). His PhD topic is the directed evolution of biohybrid catalysts for the synthesis of industrially relevant commodity and fine chemicals.
New PhD fellow: Khalil EssaniBiotec
Another new PhD fellow is Khalil Essani, who also started on January 1st, 2017. Directed evolution at high mutational loads is part of his main PhD project, which belongs to an ETN project called Predictive and Accelerated Metabolic Engineering Network – PAcMEN.