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I have graduated from the University of Leipzig (Germany) in 2006 with a BSc degree in Chemistry, followed by a MSc degree in Chemistry in 2008 where I have specialized in protein X-ray crystallography. I have obtained my PhD at the University of Leipzig in 2013 with a structural study of the molecular chaperone DnaK under the supervision of Prof. Norbert Sträter. I subsequently joined Prof. Bert van den Berg’s laboratory at Newcastle University (UK) to learn membrane protein purification and crystallography through studying the structure of β-barrel outer membrane proteins. In 2016, I moved to the laboratory of Prof. Sebastian Hiller at the University of Basel in Switzerland where I have gained expertise in the complimentary techniques of NMR spectroscopy and electron microscopy through my work on membrane protein folding. After completion of two Postdoc positions in 2018, I have worked for a year in industry as a Senior Scientist in X-ray crystallography at Evotec in Abingdon (UK) before returning to academia in September 2019 where I have started my work as a Senior Research Fellow in X-ray crystallography at the University of Portsmouth.

Research Interests

  • Structural characterisation of novel plastic degrading enzymes
  • Enzymatic lignin valorization for the production of fine chemicals
  • Bacterial C1-assimilation for the production of fuels and commodities

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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