Here you'll find photos of our most recent PhD graduates!

This is how winners look like:

  Gallery depicting our PhD graduates Copyright: Biotec

Congratulations to our talented coworkers!

Dr. Ketaki Deepak Belsare

PhD thesis: Directed Evolution of P450cin for Mediated Electron Transfer

Graduation: 29th October, 2014

New position: PostDoc, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Tsvetan Kardashliev

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

Graduation: 29th January, 2015

New position: PostDoc, D-BSSE, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Marcus Arlt

PhD thesis: Design of biohybrid catalysts for metathesis reactions

Graduation: 31st October, 2014

New position: PostDoc, DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany

Dr. Josiane Frauenkron-Machedjou

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

Graduation: 14th of July, 2015

New position: Quality manager, IOZK GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Dr. Erik Arango Gutierrez

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

Graduation: 19th December, 2015

New position: Associate Director Early Stage Downstream & Outsourcing, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bieberach an der Riß, Germany

Dr. Feng Cheng

PhD thesis: Protein engineering of a therapeutic enzyme arginine deiminase

Graduation: 26th of August, 2015

New position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioengineering Zhejiang University of Technology, China

Dr. Jing Zhao

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

Graduation: 23rd of September, 2015

New position: Assistant Investigator, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Christian Pitzler

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

Graduation: 7th of December, 2015

New position: Scientist Protein Engineering & Assays, Bayer AG, Cologne, Germany

Dr. Alan Mertens

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

Graduation: 5th of November, 2015

New position: InnovationManager, Abt. 4.1. Technologietransfer, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Dr. Nina Lülsdorf

PhD thesis: Protein engineering for polyethylene terephthalate degradation

Graduation: 26th January, 2016

New position: Technology & Process Transfer, Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG, Ravensburg, Germany

Dr. Gaorao Dhoke

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

Graduation: 2nd June, 2016

New position: Postdoc, Chair of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Dr. Georgette Körfer

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

Graduation: 26th July, 2016

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

Dr. Jianhua Yang

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

Graduation: 21st October, 2016

New position: Assistant professor, Tianjin Institute Of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Julia Kinzel

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

Graduation: 29.07.2017

New position: GRA CMC Scientist, CSL Behring GmbH, Marburg, Germany

Dr. Yunus Ensari

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

Graduation: February 19th, 2018

New position: Assistant Professor, Kafkas University, Kars, Türkei

Dr. Kristin Rübsam

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

Graduation: May 2nd, 2018

New position: Postdoc, DWI Leibniz Insitut for Interaktive Materials, Aachen

Dr. Zhanzhi Liu

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

Graduation: May 3rd, 2018

New position: Lecturer, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China

Dr. Anne Maria Wallraf

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

Graduation: September 17th, 2018

Dr. 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

Dr. Alexander Grimm

PhD thesis: “Protein engineering of nitrobindin for biohybrid catalysts"

Graduation: November 30th, 2018

Dr. Alexandra Weingartner

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

Graduation: December 7th, 2018

Dr. Martin Thiele

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

Graduation: December 14th, 2018

Dr. Lina Apitius

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

Graduation: January 17th, 2019

Dr. Shohana Islam

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

Graduation: January 23rd, 2019

Dr. Zhi Zou

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

Graduation: February 26th, 2019