Congratulations to Shohana Islam for her successful PhD defense!


We are delighted to announce that our PhD fellow Shohana Islam successfully graduated today in presence of family, friends and colleagues.

Her work is entitled “Enzymatic Functionalization and Degradation of Natural and Synthetic Polymers”. Shohana engineered an aryl sulfotransferase to increase its activity towards cellobiose in a KnowVolution campaign. Furthermore, she optimized a cutinase for an efficient degradation of polymer nanoparticles. Her studies resulted in three publications: "A robust protocol for directed aryl sulfotransferase evolution toward the carbohydrate building block GlcNAc", "KnowVolution campaign of an aryl sulfotransferase increases activity toward cellobiose" and "Targeting microplastic particles in the void of diluted suspensions".

Shohana worked in the division of Biohybrid Systeme under the supervision of Dr. Felix Jakob.

The whole Schwaneberg group congratulates Shohana for her achievement and wishes all the best and good fortune for her future. Well done, Shohi!


Impressions of Shohana Islam's doctoral examination