Student Symposium

The annual CLIB-GC student symposium was successfully established in 2010 as a perfect platform for a get-together of interested students and audience from different backgrounds with renowned scientists from academia and industry. Ever since this symposium was organized by associated students of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Within the framework of this symposium representatives from all three groups (students, renowned scientists, industry) give insights into their work and provide a base for inspiring discussions. Since 2013 the symposium became a joint venture of CLIB graduate cluster and the undefinediGRASPseed graduate school of Heinrich Heine University. 

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7th Annual Symposium "From Gene to Protein and Beyond"

organized by Jennifer Antfang (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Bio- und Geosciences, IBG-1), Marianne Schulte (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Complex Sciences, Structural Biochemistry, ICS-6) and Pia Skoczinski (HHU, Institute of Molecular Enzymtechnology).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Jörg Stülke
Georg-August-University Göttingen, Department of Microbiology and Genetics
Minibacillus: Definition of components essentially required for a living cell
Prof. Dr. Lars BlankRWTH Aachen, Institute of Applied MicrobiologyExploiting nature's biosynthetic capabilities by metabolic engineering
Prof. Dr. Gerold BarthTU Dresden, Institute of MicrobiologyBiotechnological production of organic acids by non-conventional yeast for industry
Prof. Dr. Jörn PielETH Zürich, Institute of MicrobiologyHypermodifying enzymes from an uncultivated bacterium

Student talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Andreas DomröseHeinrich-Heine-University, Institute of Molecular Enzyme technologyFunctional expression of clustered genes encoding biosynthetic pathways
Andreas KleinHeinrich-Heine-University, Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryCreating diversity in prodiginines – a bridge between chemistry and biology

Industry talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Dr. Natalie RahmenCovestro Deutschland AGHigh-performance polymers made of biomass & CO2


The program is available here: undefinedPDF


6th CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed Symposium "From Gene to Protein and Beyond" 2015

organized by Lars Freier (CLIB-GC fellow, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Bio- und Geosciences, IBG-1), Peter Dollinger (iGRASPseed fellow, HHU, Institute of Molecular Enzymtechnology), Johannes Nolte (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Biochemistry II) and Alexander Minges (iGRASPseed fellow, HHU, Institute of Plant Biochemistry).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Johnjoe McFaddenUniversity of Surrey, Department of Microbial and Cellular Science [UK] From gene to metabolism in the TB bacillus
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kirschning Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Organic ChemistryLearning from Nature – Chemical Synthesis at the Interface to Biology
Prof. Dr. Marco FraaijeUniversity of Groningen, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences [NL]Redesign of enzymes for industrial applications
Prof. Dr. Jan Van ImpeUniversity of Leuven, Department of Chemical Engineering [B]Recent trends in optimal experimental design for (bio)chemical processes

Student talks (CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Markus DickHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, iGRASPseed memberTailoring stability of acetaldehyde dependent aldolases
Daniel MulnaesHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Computational Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Molecular Bioinformatics, CLIB-GC memberTopModel, a multi-template meta-approach to homology modeling

Industry talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Michael BreuerBASF, Ludwigshafen, White Biotechnology ResearchIndustrial biocatalysis at BASF – Where chemistry and biotech meet

5th CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed Symposium "From Gene to Protein and Beyond" 2014

organized by Markus Dick (iGRASPseed fellow, HHU, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry), Andreas Klein (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry), Marius Terfrüchte (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Microbiology) and Maren Thomaier (iGRASPseed fellow, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Complex Systems ICS-6 Structural Biology).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Robert HancockUniversity of British Columbia, Department of Microbiology and Immunology [Canada]Complex adaptations in bacteria - lifestyle changes associated with biofilms, swarming and stress
Prof. Dr. Bauke Dijkstra University of Groningen, Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry [NL]Lipids and beyond: Structural enzymology of steroid dehydrogenation
Prof. Dr. Manfred ReetzPhilipps-University Marburg
Chemistry Department
Directed evolution of stereoselective enzymes: A prolific source of catalysts for asymmetric reactions
Prof. Dr. Alfred PühlerUniversity of Bielefeld
Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)
Omics-dependent analysis of the biosynthesis of the drug acarbose produced by Actinoplanes sp. SE50/110

Student talks (CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Alexander MingesHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Biochemical Plant Physiology, iGRASPseed memberCrystal Structure of pyruvate phosphate dikinase (PPDK) from Flaveria trinervia, a key enzyme in C4 photosynthesis
Pia SkorczinskiHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology, CLIB-GC memberSystematic mutational analysis of lipase secretion in Bacillus subtilis

Industry talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Thorsten Eggertevocatal GmbHBiocatalysis - from lab scale to industrial processes
Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz MaurerAB Enzymes GmbHFrom enzyme development to genome based strain development: What comes next?

4th CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed Symposium "From Gene to Protein and Beyond" 2013

organized by Dragutin Antovic (iGRASPseed fellow, HHU, Institute of Organic Chemistry), Parveen Sarkari (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Microbiology), Sanel Suljic (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry) and Dhana Thomy (iGRASPseed fellow, HHU, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Diethard MattanovichBOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute for Applied Microbiology [A]Engineering by design: Systems Biology based development of the Pichia pastoris protein production platform
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia BandowRuhr University Bochum, Microbial Antibiotic ResearchA system-based approach to antibacterial targets and modes of action
Dr. Gavin WrightWellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge, Cell Surface Signalling Laboratory [UK]Systematic extracellular protein interaction screens reveals key targets in the pathogenesis of malaria
Prof. Dr. Kurt FaberUniversity of Graz, Department of Chemistry, Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry [A]Asymmetric Bioreduction of Alkenes: Single- & Two-Enzyme Systems

Student talks (CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dennis Della CorteForschungszentrum Jülich,Institute of Complex Systems ICS-6 Structural Biology, iGRASPseed memberFinding the perfect structure, a multidimensional optimization process
Sebastian SchulzHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Biochemistry, CLIB-GC memberGrapefruit Flavour by Biocatalysis: P450 ADH Enzyme Cascades Towards (+)-Nootkatone

Industry talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Ramon WahlNovartis Pharma AGNovartis Biologics

3rd CLIB-GC & iGRASPseed Symposium "From Gene to Protein and Beyond" 2012

organized by Jennifer Pahlke (CLIB-GC fellow, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences) and Sebastian Schulz (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Biochemistry).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Eckhard BolesUniversity Frankfurt, Institute of Molecular BiosciencesGenetic engineering of Industrial Yeast Strains for the production of Bioethanol and Biobutanol from C5 and C6 sugar
Prof. Dr. Jürgen PleissUniversity of Stuttgart, Institute of Technical BiochemistryModelling and design of enzymes: structure, dynamics, and solvent effects
Prof. Dr. Gregory ChallisUniversity of Warwick, Conventry, Department of Chemistry [UK]Elucidating and exploiting novel natural product biosynthetic enzymes
Prof. Dr.Uwe BornscheuerUniversity of Greifswald, Department of Biotechnology & Enzyme CatalysisProtein Engineering on the Move: from Directed Evolution to in Silico Approaches

Student talks (CLIB-GC)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Kyle J. Lauersen Bielefeld University, Algae Biotechnology and Bioenergy Group, CeBiTecMicroalgae as bioreactors for high value recombinant protein production
Parveen SarkariHeinrich Heine University, Institute of MicrobiologyEstablishing and applying a novel protein expression system in Ustilago maydis
Fatma Alexia van WinssenUniverstity of Technology Dortmund, Laboratory for Plant and Process DesignA novel Aqueous Two-Phase Extraction Technology

Industry talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Marco van den BergDSM Biotechnology Center, Delft [NL]Impact of fungal genomics: examples from industrial applications

2nd CLIB-GC Symposium "Expression and Biocatalysis" 2011

organized by Jennifer Pahlke (CLIB-GC fellow, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences) and Irene Kullartz (CLIB-GC fellow, HHU, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Dr. Ulf HanefeldDelft University of Technology, Institute for Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry [NL]Enzymes in organic solvents: Pure
organic chemistry
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter StahmannLausitz University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Technical MicrobiologyMicrobial vitamin B2 production - An
example for a sustainable process
replacing established chemistry
Prof. Dr. Anton GliederAustrian Centre of Industrial
Biotechnology, Vienna [A]
Discovery, engineering and production of enzymes from eukaryotes for industrial biocatalysis
Prof. Dr. Ulrich SchwanebergRWTH Aachen, Institute of BiotechnologyProtein Engineering on the Move: from Directed Evolution to in Silico Approaches
Prof. Dr. Barry HollandUniversity Paris-Sud, Institut de Génétique et Microbiologie, Paris [F]Protein translocation in bacteria: exploitation for medical and industrial applications

Student talks (CLIB-GC)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Karsten Lang Universtity of Technology DortmundDevelopment of an isobutanol producing biofilm catalyst
Katharina NeufeldHeinrich Heine University, Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryExtending the toolbox of biocatalysts – Design of monooxygenase P450 BM3 libraries

Industry talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Martin SchürmannDSM Innovative SynthesisIndustrial biocatalysis: Recent developments in the application of enzymes in organic synthesis

1st CLIB-GC Symposium "Expression and Biocatalysis" 2010

organized by Katharina Neufeld (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, HHU) and Torsten Sehl (Institute of Biotechnology, FZ Jülich).

Academic talks:

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of Talk
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang StreitUniversity Hamburg, Institute of MicrobiologyFinding and expressing novel biocatalysts from metagenomes: a challenging task
Prof. Dr. Michael MüllerUniversity Freiburg, Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry Integration of Biosynthesis into Bio- and Chemocatalysis
Prof. Dr. Anett KirschnerRWTH Aachen, Institute of BiocatalysisSelective substrate oxidation with molecular oxygen: Biocatalytic potential of bacterial monooxygenases
Prof. Dr. Bernhard HauerUniversity Stuttgart, Institute of Technical BiochemistryThe challenge of designing biocatalysts: enzymes for industrial applications

Student talks (CLIB-GC)

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Jessica SchneiderUniversity Bielefeld, CLIB-GC memberThe rapid annotation platform for yeast data (RAPYD) applied to Pichia anomala
Torsten SehlUniversity Düsseldorf, CLIB-GC memberTwo step biocatalytic approach for the synthesis of chiral amino alcohols

Industry Talks

SpeakerInstitutionTitle of talk
Dr. Thomas RygusApplied Biosystems Deutschland GmbHNext Generation Sequencing: Methods and Applications
Dr. Frank Kensym2p-LabsPotential of Microbioreactors in Protein Expression and Biocatalysis
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