Congratulations to Francisca Contreras Leiva for her successful defense!

  People present doctoral hats. Copyright: © Bio VI Francisca receiving the PhD hat.

We are pleased to announce that Francisca Contreras Leiva has successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the presence of family, friends and colleagues.

Her PhD thesis is entitled "Cellulase protein engineering towards improved thermostability". During her PhD, Francisca performed her research on expanding the knowledge of structural elements that determine the thermostability in the endoglucanase PvCel5A and how these elements can be efficiently engineered, utilizing computational strategies, for more efficient lignocellulosic biomass degradation.

Francisca’s PhD thesis resulted in three publications; Engineering Robust Cellulases for Tailored Lignocellulosic Degradation Cocktails, KnowVolution of a GH5 Cellulase from Penicillium verruculosum to Improve Thermal Stability for Biomass Degradation, and Can Constraint Network Analysis guide the identification phase of KnowVolution? A case study on improved thermostability of an endo-β-glucanase.

Francisca was part of the Computational Biology department and accomplished her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mehdi D. Davari, and Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg. The entire Schwaneberg group congratulates Francisca on her success and wishes her all the best for her future.

  Professor and students with doctoral hats. Copyright: © Bio VI From left to right, Ulrich Markel, Francisca Contreras, Ulrich Schwaneberg: