Recent graduates


Dr. Zhanzhi Liu

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Congratulations, Zhanzhi Liu!

We are proud to announce that our PhD student Zhanzhi Liu successfully defended his PhD work today.

His work was entitled "Protein engineering of FhuA Δ1-160 variants for controlled release of compounds" and included studies such as engineering of the transmembrane protein FhuA and using it as model nanopore in polymer vesicle structures and in the preparation of synthosomes.

Zhanzhi Liu will leave our group for the city of Wuxi in the Jiangsu Province in China, where he will continue his career as a lecturer at Jiangnan University.

Congratulations and all the best, Zhanzhi!


Dr. Kristin Rübsam

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The Schwaneberg group is proud to announce that our PhD student Kristin Rübsam successfully defend her PhD work today.

Her work entitle “Anchor peptide for polymer surface functionalization” and included studies such as “KnowVolution of the polymer binding peptide LCI for improved polypropylene binding”, “Directed evolution of polypropylene and polystyrene binding peptides” “Anchor peptides: A green and versatile method for polypropylene functionalization.”

Kristin is going to continue in our group as Postdoc.

Congratulations and all the best Kristin!!!


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Dr. Yunus Ensari

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Yunus Ensari successfully defended his PhD work on February 19th 2018.

His work was entitled "Synthesis of oxo-fatty acid esters in a whole cell cascade reactions with engineered monooxygenase (P450 BM3) and dehydrogenase (cpADH5) variants" and included studies such as the engineering of a Candida parapsilosis alcohol dehydrogenase for the conversion of methyl 3-hydroxyalcanoates.

Yunus Ensari left our work group for the city of Kars in Northeastern Turkey, where he will continue his career as an assistant professor at the Kafkas University starting in March 2018.


Dr. Julia Kinzel

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Julia Kinzel graduated on 29th July, 2017 by defending her PhD topic, which is titled as towards chiral nanopores based on tailor-made FhuA β-barrel proteins. She is an expert in protein engineering of transmembrane protein FhuA, whole cell selection system using amino acid decorated glass beads and characterization of FhuA-polymer conjugates. Julia will stay in our work group as a Senior Scientist.


Dr. Jianhua Yang

Jianhua Yang

We are very happy to announce that Ms. Jianhua Yang graduated on the 21st of October, 2016. She started her doctoral studies in the Schwaneberg group with the topic Enabling directed evolution 3.0 by a promoter toolbox, casting epPCR and engineered polymerase in 2012 and will continue her career as associate professor in the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology of Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is an expert in protein engineering, biocatalysis and enzymology.


Dr. Georgette Körfer

Georgette Körfer Biotec

Georgette Körfer graduated on 26th July, 2016 by defending her PhD topic, which is titled as Development of a flow cytometer-based in vitro compartmentalization screening platform for directed protein evolution. Her expertise lies mainly in protein engineering, cell-free enzyme production, flow-cytometry and production of double emulsion compartments. Recently, she has joined Dalli Werke GmbH & Co. KG as project manager in the laundry and home care division.


Dr. Gaurao Dhoke

Dr. Gaurao Dhoke Biotec

Gaurao Dhoke received his PhD title on 2nd June 2016. His PhD thesis was about computational analysis of mechanism and substrate specificity of an Alcohol dehydrogenase from Candida parapsilosis. During his doctoral study in the Schwaneberg group, he has gained expertise in rational enzyme design, molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation. Currently, he is working as PostDoc in the Computation Biology Sub division of the Schwaneberg group.


Dr. Nina Lülsdorf

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Nina Lülsdorf achieved her PhD title on 26th January, 2016 on protein engineering for polyethylene terephthalate degradation. This project was a part of FuPol – Functionalization of Polymers alliance in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. She is an expert in protein engineering, process implementation, good manufacturing practice and project management. She is currently working in the division of technology & process Transfer in Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG located in Ravensburg, Germany.