Congratulations to Zhi Zou for his successful PhD defense!


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

His work is entitled “Directed sortase evolution for site-specific protein engineering and surface functionalization”. Zhi Zou, also known in our group as Robin, engineered a sortase to improve its activity for ligation of peptides and proteins on polymers. His studies resulted in four publications: Directed Evolution of a Bacterial Laccase CueO for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells in Angewandte Chemie (2019), Directed sortase A evolution for efficient site-specific bioconjugations in organic co-solvents in Chemical Communications (2018), Sortase-Mediated High-Throughput Screening Platform for Directed Enzyme Evolution in ACS Combinatorial Science (2018), and Sortase-Mediated Surface Functionalization of Stimuli-Responsive Microgels in Biomacromolecules (2017).

Robin worked in the division of Biohybrid Systems under the supervision of Dr. Felix Jakob.

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



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