New coworkers recently joined us
New Post-docs: Welcome Dr. Harshini Pakalapati and Suman Samantray!
We are happy to announce that Dr. Harshini Pakalapati and Suman Samantray joined the Schwaneberg group on October 1st. Harshini will work on the project FixZyme and Suman will support the Computational Biotech Group with his expertise. Welcome Harshini and Suman!
New Postdoc: Welcome Chenba ZhuCopyright: © BIO VI
Chenba will join our group from beginning of March 2021 and will stay for two years. He will work in the subgroup “PlastiQuant” under the supervision of Yu Ji and focus on microplastic degradation by microalgae. Welcome Chenba!
New Post-doc: Abdulkadir Yayci
We are happy to announce that Abdulkadir Yayci will start as a new Post-doc in our group on March 1st, 2021. Abdulkadir will be a member of the Biohybrid Systems division, and he will work on microplastic free seed coatings within the proSeed project. Welcome Abdulkadir!
New PhD fellow: Welcome Chiara NenningerCopyright: © BIO VI
Chiara will start her PhD in March 2021 and will stay for three years in our group. She will work on the SFB microgel project “Microgel-engineered chemoenzymatic cascades employing whole cells”. Welcome Chiara!
New Post-doc: Georgianna DoffekCopyright: © BIO VI
We are happy to announce that Georgianna Doffek will start as a new Post-doc in our group on February 1st, 2021. Georgianna will be a member of the Biohbyrid Systems division, and she will work on insecticidal fusion proteins for plant protection. Welcome Georgianna!
New PhD fellow: Ahmed HegazyCopyright: © BIO VI
We are happy to announce that Ahmed Hegazy started as a new PhD fellow in our group on December 14th, 2020. Ahmed (DAAD fellow) will be a member of the Biohbyrid Systems division, and he will work on directed evolution of endolysins and antimicrobial peptides. Welcome Ahmed!
New Postdoc: Welcome Keiko OikeCopyright: © BIO VI
Keiko Oike will start her Postdoc in the Schwaneberg group today, December 1st 2020. She will work in the Molecular Bioeconomy division on the topic bio-based production of saffron ingredients. We are very happy to welcome Keiko in our group!
New PostDoc: Welcome Dr. Carin JansenCopyright: © BIO VI
Dr. Carin Jansen will start as MSE Referentin and Postdoc in our Group on 15th of October. Carin will be part of the administration. Welcome Carin!
New visiting PhD fellow: Welcome Binbin Nian
Binbin Nian will start as visiting PhD candidate in our group on 16th of November 2020 and will stay for one year. Binbin will be part of the PlastiQuant division under supervision of Dr. Yu Ji. His PhD project will focus on directed evolution of plastic degrading enzymes. Welcome Binbin!
New coworkers: Dr. Ammar Abdulmughni and Atul Kumar
Dr. Ammar Abdulmughni will start as PostDoc in our Group on 8th of October. He will be part of the administration and responsible for the IT infrastructure as well as digitalization and social media. Welcome Ammar!
Atul Kumar will start as PhD candidate in our group on 12th of October 2020. Atul will be part of the Computational Biology division under supervision of Dr. Mehdi D. Davari. His PhD project will focus on computational guided protein engineering. Welcome Atul!
Dr. Ammar Abdulmughni
New coworkers: Alexander Illig, Niklas Herrmann, Ursula Holter, and Hendrik Pütz
Alexander Illig and Niklas Herrmann will start as PhD candidates in our group on 1st September, 2020. Alexander will be part of the Computational Biology division and Niklas will join the Biohybrid Systems division. Welcome Alexander and Niklas!
Ursula Holter and Hendrik Pütz joined the Schwaneberg Group also on 1st September. Ursula will support our team as a technical assistant and Hendrik will join our team to work on his doctoral thesis. Both will work in our PlastiQuant division. Welcome, Ursula and Hendrik!
New coworker: Dr. Alexander BoesCopyright: © BIO VI
We are happy to announce that Dr. Alexander Boes joined our team. Alexander will be a member of the biohybrid systems division and he will work on the EcoGuard project. Welcome Alexander!
New co-worker: Nicole Eßmajor
We are happy to announce that Nicole Eßmajor joined our team. Nicole will be secretary of Prof. Schwaneberg.
New co-workers : Christin Brethauer, Sarah Zeschingk, Andres Gonzales and Jens Bührmann
Christine Brethauer recently started as PhD fellow in our group. Christin will be part of the Division Biohybrid Systems. Sarah Zeschingk, Andres Gonzales and Jens Bührmann join our group as technicians. Sarah and Jens will work in the PlastiQuant division and Andres will work on the ProtLab project.
Welcome Christin, Sarah, Andres, and Jens!
New PhD fellow: Meng ShuaiqiCopyright: © Bio VI
Meng Shuaiqi started recently as new PhD fellows in our group. He is funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council – CSC. Meng will be part of the Divisions Computational Biology and Molecular Bioeconomy.
New PhD fellow: Yi LuCopyright: © Bio VI
Yi Lu started recently as new PhD fellow in our group. She is funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council – CSC. Yi will be part of the Division PlastiQuant.
New PhD fellow: Philipp ErnstCopyright: © BIO VI
Philipp Ernst started as a new PhD fellow in our group on September 2nd, 2019. He will be part of the Division of Hybrid Catalysis & High Throughput Screening and his PhD project will be embedded in the Chiral Membranes II – project. Welcome Philipp!
New PhD fellow: Marian BiensteinCopyright: © BIO VI
Marian Bienstein started as a new PhD fellow in our group on July 1st, 2019. He will be part of the Computational Biology sub-division and his PhD project will be embedded in the Henkel Innovation Campus for Advanced Sustainable Technologies – HICAST – project.
Welcome in our group, Marian!
New PhD fellow: Anne LiongCopyright: © BIO VI
We also warmly welcome Anne Liong, who, like Kai, has successfully completed her master's thesis in our group. She will join our Interdisciplinary division and will be working on ultra-high throughput screening methods for directed evolution.
Welcome back, Anne!
New PhD fellow: Kai HintzenCopyright: © BIO VI
After successfully completing his master’s project in the Schwaneberg group, Kai Hintzen joined our group to pursue his PhD. He supports our Biohybrid systems division and his PhD project will focus on the engineering of anchor peptides for medical applications.
Welcome back, Kai!
New PhD fellow: Niklas SiedhoffCopyright: © BioVI
Niklas Siedhoff starts as a PhD fellow in the Schwaneberg group on April 1st, 2019 and is a part of the Computational Biology division under supervision of Dr. Mehdi D. Davari. His PhD project will focus on computational protein engineering. As he already has been in our group for his master thesis, we are especially pleased to welcome him back for his PhD!
Wiwik SimanjuntakCopyright: © Bio VI
We are happy to welcome our new coworker Wiwik Simanjuntak in our group. Wiwik Simanjuntak will join the division Next Generation Biocatalysis as a technician, which is headed by Dr. Johannes Schiffels. She will mainly work on the CombiCom project, dealing with the engineering of plant secondary pathway enzymes towards synthesis of new bioactive compounds.
New PostDoc: Dr. Tetiana KurkinaCopyright: © Bio VI
We are happy to welcome our new coworker Dr. Tetiana Kurkina in our group. She will take up her new position from November 14th onwards. Dr. Kurkina will work on the BioPlastisizer BMBF project supervised by Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg.
Laskavo prosymo, Dr. Tetiana Kurkina!
New TA: Claudia HansenCopyright: © Bio VI
Herzlich willkommen, Claudia!
New PostDoc: Dr. Maria Belén Infanzón RamosCopyright: © Bio VI
Belen has started to work in our group as PostDoc on August 9. She is doing research on phosphate retrieval from renewable sources, i.e. from rape press cake, within the Project BusinessP. Belen joined our Molecular Bioeconomy subgroup headed by Dr. Anna Joelle Ruff. As she already has been in our group for an internship last year, we are especially pleased to welcome her back for another two years!
New PhD student: Liudmyla GoncharenkoCopyright: © Bio VI
Strating on 1st of March 2018, Liudmyla Goncharenko will join us as a PhD student. Liudmyla finished her Bachelor`s thesis on biogas production from brewery waste at the National Technical University of Ukraine (NTUU) in Kiev and her Master`s thesis on expression and cleavage of multimeric adhesive peptides at FH Aachen. She will conduct her PhD work on production of anchor peptides in the Biohybrid division of Dr. Felix Jakob within the project GreenRelease.
Laskavo prosymo, Liudmyla Goncharenko!
New technician: Raphael SoeurCopyright: © Bio VI
The Schwaneberg group welcomes our new technician Raphael Soeur. The Belgish national has completed a B.Sc. in biochemistry and will transfer from Fraunhofer IME, Aachen, into our group from March 2018 onwards. Raphael will work as a technician in the Biohybrid division of Dr. Felix Jakob within the FocusLab GreenRelease.
Bienvenue, Raphael Soeur!
New PhD student: Yi QuCopyright: © Bio VI
Starting on March 1st, 2018 Yi Qu will join our work group as a PhD student. Yi has recently completed his master`s thesis at the Chair of Organometallic Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University in the work group of Professor Jun Okuda. Yi Qu will work on novel ultrahigh throughput screening technologies for directed evolution in our ivDTv2 project.
Huānyíng, Yi Qu!
New PostDoc: Marco GrullCopyright: © Bio VI
The Schwaneberg group welcomes our new postdoc Marco Grull. Marco finished his B.sc. in human biology and microbiology at the FH Rhein Sieg in Bonn and his M.sc. at the RWTH Aachen University. He recently completed his PhD work entiteled "Expression of Hypericum perforatum derived prenyltransferases for the production of hyperforin precursor molecules" at the Insitute for Pharmaceutical Biology at the TU Braunschweig.
Marco Grull will join the Chiral Membranes II team that aims for the production of protein-polymer building blocks for chiral separation of versatile enantiomeric amino acid mixtures.
Welcome, Marco Grull!
New lab manager: Christian SimonsCopyright: © Bio VI
With Christian we are once again very pleased to welcome an "old acquaintance" back in our group. Originally born in Wolfenbüttel, Christian studied Biotechnology at the FH Aachen in Jülich and completed his bachelor`s thesis in our work group.
Christian decided to proceed with his master´s studies in Biotechnology once more at FH Aachen and successfully completed his master´s thesis in the University hospital Aachen.
Welcome back, Christian Simons!
New Postdoc: Dr. Daniel SauerCopyright: © Bio VI
Daniel Sauer has joined the group on January 1st 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow. He is an expert on biohybrid catalysis and his current research topic is the construction of novel artificial metalloenzymes and the development of high-throughput screening approaches for their directed evolution. Welcome Daniel Sauer!
New Technician: Claudia GreinerCopyright: © Bio VI
Claudia has joined the Schwaneberg group on November 1st, 2017 as technical assistant. She is working in the molecular bioeconomy sub-division, which is headed by Dr. Anna Joelle Ruff.
New PhD fellow: Maximilian NöthCopyright: © Bio VI
Maximilian Nöth starts as a PhD fellow in the Schwaneberg group on November 1st, 2017 and is a part of the Computational Biology sub-division. His PhD project is a SFB985 fund with the topic: Microgel engineered enzymatic and chemical reactions – towards tandem catalysts.
New Technician: Karina PaulCopyright: © Bio VI
Karina Paul has joined the Schwaneberg group on October 1st, 2017 as technical assistant. She is working in the molecular bioeconomy sub-division which is headed by Dr. Anna Joelle Ruff.
New PhD: Kevin HerrmannCopyright: © Bio VI
Kevin Herrmann began his PhD in the Schwaneberg group in October 2017 as a member of the Molecular Bioeconomy sub-division supervised by Dr. Joelle Ruff. The DBU-project he is working on is entitled Phytase Engineering for efficient phosphate-recovery. He will stay in our group for three years.
New PhD: Hoda AlibiglouCopyright: © Bio VI
Hoda Alibiglou started her PhD in October 2017 in our group. She is a member of the HICAST team under supervision of Dr. Mehdi D. Davari. She is working on Engineering of Enzymes for Detergent Applications and will stay in the group for three years.
New Postdoc: Dr. Gaurao DhokeCopyright: © Bio VI
On October 1st, 2017, Dr. Gaurao Dhoke returned as a PostDoc to the Schwaneberg group. He is a member of the Computational Biology sub-division supervised by Dr. Mehdi Davari. He will work on the ROBOX project and stays in our group for one and a half years.
New PhD fellow: Feng LilinCopyright: © Bio VI
Feng Lilin started her PhD in the Schwaneberg group on October 1st, 2017 and will stay for three years. She is a member of the Hybrid catalysis and HTS sub-division headed by Prof. Schwaneberg. Her PhD project focuses on i n vitro flow cytometry-based screening platforms for enzyme mutantsin biotechnology.
New PhD fellow: Gao LiangCopyright: © Bio VI
Gao Liang is a new PhD in our group and started his PhD project "Construction and application of a novel microbial whole-cell biocatalytic model comprising self-assembled membrane-protective shells" on October 1st, 2017. He will be supervised by Dr. Johannes Schiffels in the Next Generation Biocatalysis sub-division for three years.
New PhD fellow: Francisca Contreras LeivaCopyright: © Bio 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 WittwerCopyright: © Bio 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 PesciCopyright: © Bio 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 BrandsCopyright: © Biotec
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 SantosCopyright: © Biotec
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 ZhangCopyright: © Biotec
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 NovaesCopyright: © Biotec
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 EzzahoiniCopyright: © Biotec
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 PramanikCopyright: © Biotec
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 MeurerCopyright: © Biotec
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 GertlerCopyright: © Biotec
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-AwaadCopyright: © Biotec
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 WichlatzCopyright: © Biotec
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 MarkelCopyright: © Biotec
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 EssaniCopyright: © Biotec
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.