PhD Graduates

Name Current position and graduation
Malte Wittwer

PhD thesis: "Adhesion peptide-based on-cell catalysis and steps toward whole-cell biocatalysis in organic (co)-solvents"

Graduation: 19th January 2022

Francisca Contreras Leiva

PostDoc, RWTH Aachen

PhD thesis: "Cellulase protein engineering towards improved thermostability"

Graduation: 18th August 2021

Ulrich Markel

PostDoc, UC San Diego

PhD thesis: "Directed evolution of decarboxylase OleT and nitrobindin hybrid catalysts"

Graduation: 18th August 2021

Maximilian Nöth

PostDoc, RWTH Aachen

PhD thesis: “Engineering of biocatalytic microgels and bifunctional peptides for biohybrid systems”

Graduation: 2nd July 2021

Stefanie Brands

PhD thesis: “Engineering of Prodigiosin Ligase PigC towards Production of Short-Chain Prodiginines”

Graduation: 18 th June 2021

Mu-En Chung

PhD thesis: "Directed evolution of Polymerases and its application in Sequence Saturation Mutagenesis"

Graduation: 01st June 2021

Kevin Herrmann

PostDoc, RWTH Aachen

PhD thesis: "Phytase engineering for efficient phosphate recovery from press cakes"

Graduation: 17th February 2021

Haiyang (Ocean) Cui

PostDoc, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

PhD thesis: “How to engineer an organic solvent tolerant lipase: Insights from directed evolution and molecular dynamics simulations"

Graduation: 26th November 2020

Gustavo Santos

PostDoc, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås, Viken, Norway

PhD thesis: “Engineering of heme-dependent monooxygenases towards heterocycle conversion”

Graduation: 2nd October 2020

Subrata Pramanik

PostDoc, Örebrö University, Örebrö, Sweden

PhD thesis: "Enzyme stabilization in ionic liquids and at elevated temperatures"

Graduation: 25th August 2020

Anna Gärtner

PhD thesis: "Protein engineering of the monooxygenase P450 BM3 toward improved performance in allylic hydroxylation"

Graduation: 9th June 2020

Yu Ji

PostDoc, RWTH Aachen

PhD thesis: “Protein engineering of a sulfotransferase and a monooxygenase for the synthesis of high value chemicals”

Graduation: 28th April 2020

Deepak Anand

PostDoc, Forschungszentrum Jülich

PhD thesis: "Chiral separation of arginine based on tailor-made FhuA β-barrel proteins"

Graduation: 20th April 2020

Lina Apitius

PostDoc, DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany

PhD thesis: Engineered adhesion peptides for functionalization of natural surfaces, polymers, and metal alloys

Graduation: 17th January 2019

Erik Arango Gutierrez

Associate Director Early Stage Downstream & Outsourcing, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bieberach an der Riß, Deutschland

PhD thesis: Optimization of glucose oxidase towards oxygen independency and high mediator activity for amperometric glucose determination in diabetes analytics

Graduation: 19th December, 2015

Marcus Arlt

PostDoc, DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany

PhD thesis: Design of biohybrid catalysts for metathesis reactions

Graduation: 31st October, 2014

Dominik Behrendt Projektleiter, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Ketaki Belsare

PostDoc in Lewis Group, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

PhD thesis: Directed Evolution of P450cin for Mediated Electron Transfer

Graduation: 29th October, 2014

Milan Blanusa Leiter Bioprozesstechnik, Pieris Pharmaceuticals
Paula Bracco Postdoc bei der Delft University of Technology, Delft, Niederlande
Feng Cheng

Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, China

PhD thesis: Protein engineering of a therapeutic enzyme arginine deiminase

Graduation: 26th of August, 2015

Alexander Dennig PostDoc at Universität Graz, Österreich
Dragana Despotovic PostDoc im Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Gaurao Dhoke Vishwanathji

Senior Research Investigator, Syngene International Limited, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

PhD thesis: Computational analysis of mechanism and substrate specificity of an ADH from Candida parapsilosis

Graduation: 2nd June, 2016

Tamara Dworeck HSP2 FG Biologie, RWTH Aachen
Yunus Ensari

Assistant professor, Kafkas University, Turkey

PhD thesis: "Synthesis of oxo-fatty acid esters in a whole cell cascade reactions with engineered monooxygenase (P450 BM3) and dehydrogenase (cpADH5) variants"

Graduation: 19th Febuary 2018

Josiane Frauenkron-Machedjou

Quality manager, IOZK GmbH, Cologne, Germany

PhD thesis: Deciphering rationales that determine the resistance of a lipase towards non-conventional media

Graduation: 14th of July, 2015

Anna Gärtner

PhD thesis: “A 96-multiplex capillary electrophoresis screening platform for product-based evolution of P450 BM3“

Graduation: 9th June.2020

Alexander Grimm

Assistant Plant Manager at Sanofi, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

PhD thesis: Protein engineering of nitrobindin for biohybrid catalysts.

Graduation: 30th November 2018

Arcan Güven Wissenschaftlerin, Immunoassayentwicklung BERG LLC, Boston, USA
Güray Güven Wissenschaftlicher Leiter Magellan Diagnostics, Boston, USA
Nesrin Hasan PostDoc, John Hopkins University, Washington D.C., USA
Sebastian Hofzumaus m2p-labs GmbH, Baesweiler
Katja Helena Höwer Abbvie, Ludwigshafen
Saskia Ihle Scientific Support Specialist, Lonza QC Testing Solutions Scientific Support
Shohana Islam

Division Head PlastiQuant, RWTH Aachen University

PhD thesis: Enzymatic Functionalization and Degradation of Natural and Synthetic Polymers

Graduation: 23th January 2019

Felix Jakob Abteilungsleiter Biohybrid-Systeme am DWI an der RWTH Aachen e.V.
Andre Jakoblinnert Senior Scientist Biocatalysis, Piramal Healthcare, Wilton UK
Tsvetan Kardashliev

PostDoc atETH Zürich, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, Switzerland

PhD thesis: Directed Evolution of DNA Polymerases for Advancement of the SeSaM Mutagenesis Method and Biotransformations with P450 BM3 Monooxygenase

Graduation: 29th January, 2015

Julia Kinzel

Global Regulatory Affairs CMC Scientist, CSL Behring GmbH, Marburg, Germany

PhD thesis: Towards chiral nanopores based on tailor-made FhuA β-barrel proteins

Graduation: 29th July 2017

Mathias Klein PostDoc an der Jacobs Universität, Bremen
Georgette Körfer

New position: Project manager, Laundry & Home Care, Dalli Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Stolberg, Germany

PhD thesis: Development of a flow cytometer-based in vitro compartmentalization screening platform for directed protein evolution

Graduation: 26th July, 2016

Julia Koopmeiners TU Braunschweig
Christian Lehmann Boehringer Ingelheim
Zhenwei Li Formulation Scientist
Novozymes, China, Biotechnology Ltd.
Chaoning Liang Assistant professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China
Zhanzhi Liu

Lecturer, Jiangnan University, Jiangsu province, China

PhD thesis: "Protein engineering of FhuA Δ1-160 variants for controlled release of compounds"

Graduation: May 3rd, 2018

Nina Lülsdorf

Managerin Technology and Process Transfer at Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG, Technology & Process Transfer

PhD thesis: Protein engineering for polyethylene terephthalate degradation

Graduation: 26th January, 2016

John Mandawe

PhD thesis: “Engineering of Hyaluronic Acid Synthases from Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus and Pasteurella multocid a towards improved Hyaluronic Acid Chain Length and Titer"

Graduation: October 31st, 2018

Jan Marienhagen Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften
IBG-1: Biotechnologie, Forschungszentrum Jülich,
Ronny Martinez Associate professor, Universidad de la Serena, La Serena, Chile
Diana Mate PostDoc, Centro De Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Madrid, Spain
Alan Mertens

PostDoc, Abt. 4.1. Technologietransfer, RWTH Aachen

PhD thesis: Untersuchung verschiedener Ein- und Dreikomponenten-P450-Systeme für die Anwendung in der Biokatalyse

Graduation: 5th of November, 2015

Marie Anna Stephanie Mertens

Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG

PhD thesis: Combination of bio- and metal catalysts in chemoenzymatic cascade reactions

Graduation: 17th December 2019

Iuliana Carmen Momeu PostDoc, TU München
Noor Muhammad Assistant Professor at Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, KUST, Kohat, Pakistan
Christina Müller ACIB GmbH, Graz, Österreich
Hemanshu Mundhada PostDoc / Novo Nordisk Found. Center for Biosustainability, Denmark
Madhavan Nallani Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapur
Jovana Nazor Scientist, Codexis Inc., San Francisco, USA
Catalina Novoa

Principal Scientist in Directed Evolution, Kura Biotec, Puerto Varas, Chile

PhD thesis: Protein engineering of laccases towards alkaline pH

Ozana Onaca-Fischer PostDoc, Universität Basel (UNIBAS), Schweiz
Alaa Othman Leiterin Core Facility "Bioanalysis and Mass Spectrometry", Universität Lübeck
Radivoje Prodanovic Associate Professor an der University of Belgrade, Belgrad, Kroatien
Christian Pitzler

Scientist, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer Pharma AG, Germany

PhD thesis: Novel Flow Cytometer-based Platforms for directed Evolution

Graduation: 7th of December, 2015

Verma Rajni
Kristin Rübsam

Scientist, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer Pharma AG, Germany

PhD thesis: "KnowVolution of the polymer binding peptide LCI for improved polypropylene binding"

Graduation: 2nd May 2018

Anna Joelle Ruff Division Head, Lehrstuhl für Biotechnologie, RWTH Aachen University
Aamir Shehzad Assistant Professor an der Kohat University, Pakistan
Amol Shivange Senior Scientist, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bengaluru, India
Fabrizio Sibilla Wissenschaftlicher Berater, Italian Biogas Council Consorzio Italiano Biogas, CIB, Krajete GmbH, Italien
Kang Lan Tee Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter, Sheffield University, UK
Stefanie Joana Tenne Projektmanagerin, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company
Martin Thiele

PhD thesis: “Boosting the performance of a protease with polymers and surfactants"

Graduation: December 14th, 2018

Ran Tu Associate Researcher, Co-PI, at Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, China
Ljubica Vojcic Scientist, CODEXIS, Inc., San Francisco, USA
Anne Maria Wallraf

Application Scientist at PerkinElmer, Inc., Aachen, Germany

PhD thesis: “Protein engineering of laccase for improved resistance towards cosolvents”

Graduation: 17th September 2018

Alexandra Weingartner

Manufacturing Scientist, Takeda, Wien, Austria

PhD thesis: “Directed Evolution of the Monooxygenase P450 BM3 for aromatic hydroxylation"

Graduation: 7th December 2018

Tuck Seng Wong Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK

Jianhua Yang

Assistant professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, China

PhD thesis: Enabling directed evolution 3.0 by a promoter toolbox, casting epPCR and engineered polymerase

Graduation: 21st October 2016

Jing Zhao

Assistant Professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, China

PhD thesis: Directed evolution and computational analysis of ionic liquid resistant lipase variants

Graduation: 23rd of September, 2015

Yingying Zheng Assistant Researcher Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, China
Ziwei Zhu

Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services GmbH

Zhi Zou

PostDoc, DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany

PhD thesis: „Directed sortase evolution for site-specific protein engineering and surface functionalization“

Graduation: February 26th, 2019


Former scientific staff

Name Current position
Dr. Osama El-Sepelgy Head of the research group at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V., Pölchow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Dr. Mehdi D. Davari Head of the Research Group at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
Hoda Alibiglou
Dr. Tamara Dworeck HSP2 FG Biologie, RWTH Aachen University
Dr. Islam Elawaad
Dr. Marco Fioroni
Dr. Christoph Gertler
Liudmyla Goncharenko Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG
Dr. Marco Grull
Dr. Stefanie Hamer
Dr. Mathias Klein
Dr. Justyna Kulig
Dr. Paul Majkut

Dr. Diana Mate

PostDoc at Miguel Alcalde's Group
Department of Biocatalysis
Institute of Catalysis (ICP, CSIC)
Dr. Richard Meurer
Matthias Offermann
Dr. Lorenzo Pesci
Dr. Radivoje Prodanovic Assistant Professor at University of Belgrade
Yi Qu
Dr. Anett Schallmey Professor at TU Braunschweig
Dr. Alexander Schenk
Dr. Johannes Schiffels
Daniel Sexauer
Dr. Fabrizio Sibilla Italian Biogas Council (Consorzio Italiano Biogas, CIB), Krajete GmbH
Dr. Lingling Zhang


Former technical staff

Name Current position
Chaymae Azdouffal
Gisela Beissel TA, Mikrobiologie Bio IV, RWTH Aachen University
Siegfried Bezdek
Stephan Böhmer IT adminstrator, Department of Mathematics, RWTH Aachen University
Soumiya Ezzahoini
Claudia Greiner
Claudia Hansen
Ursula Holter
Sandra Knopp
Andreas Nessel DZNE, Bonn, Germany
Marta Nowak
Karina Paul
Patrizia Pazdzior Dynavax GmbH
Marie-Luise Pennings
Claudia Wichlatz
Maria Wiedenroth