Research and Science Awards


Dr. Nick Wierckx funded by the Emmy-Noether-Program

Dr. Nick Wierckx Copyright: Dr. Nick Wierckx

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded a 5-year stipend to Dr. Nick Wierckx under the Emmy Noether Program.

This program aims to fund excellent young researchers with international research experience. It supports researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Postdocs gain the qualifications required for a university teaching career during a DFG-funded period, in which they lead their own independent junior research group. The research group of Dr. Wierckx is hosted by the Institute of Applied Microbiology (iAMB).

The stipend covers the employment of Dr Wierckx as research group leader as well as the research project STARTUP - Sustainable Aromatics Using Pseudomonas

The goal of STARTUP is the engineering, optimization and analysis of the bacterium Pseudomonas putida as a biocatalyst for the sustainable production of aromatic chemicals from biomass-derived substrates.

P. putida is an excellent biocatalyst for aromatic chemicals due to its exceptional tolerance to this class of chemicals and its versatile metabolism. In order to enable efficient aromatics production in P. putida, a synergistic combination of modern (synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, systems biology) and classic (laboratory evolution, mutagenesis, screening) technologies will be employed.

Aromatics chemicals are a cornerstone of modern society, with a wealth of applications in e.g. plastics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. The current production of aromatics relies almost exclusively on mineral oil. The development of an efficient biocatalyst for the production of aromatics from biomass-derived substrates will reduce our dependency on fossil resources, with clear benefits for environment, society and economy.

Emmy Noether Program of the DFG

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Heisenberg-Stipendium für Frau Dr. Pradel

Prof. Dr. Pradel

Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert Frau Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gabriele Pradel mit einem Heisenberg-Stipendium für ihre Arbeiten an den sexualstadienspezifischen Proteinen des humanpathogenen Malariaerregers Plasmodium falciparum und deren Bedeutung für transmissionsblockierende Strategien. Frau Pradel ist Leiterin des Lehr- und Forschungsgebietes Molekulare Malaria am Lehrstuhl für Molekulare Biotechnologie.

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ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Fischer

Professor Fischer Copyright: Photo - Fraunhofer Society: Article from »Microelectronics News«

Over the next five years, the European Research Council (ERC) is funding the plant research of Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Rainer Fischer, in which plants produce antibodies that provide protection from infection by the AIDS pathogen HIV. Prof. Fischer is Chair of Molecular Biotechnology (Bio VII) and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology.


LRI Innovation Award to Dr. Thomas Preuss

The 2011 LRI Innovative Science Award (100.000 Euro) went to Dr. Thomas G. Preuss from the Institute of Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University.

Dr. Preuss' field of research is the understanding and prediction of effects from chemical stressors on different biological levels. The main focus is on the use of various modelling techniques to link and extrapolate the effects between various environmental conditions as well as different biological levels.

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Prof. Hermann Wagner was elected as a member of Leopoldina

Prof. Hermann Wagner was elected as a member of Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften).