Date: 9-11/04/2018 Location: Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany After almost a year of organizational work and thanks to your contribution, the 2018 International CeBiTec Research Conference on Reaction Concepts for Industrial Biocatalysis finally took last April 2018. The conference was a successful three day scientific event for both academic and industrial participants. […]

Tribute to a Canadian Hurricane

Shall we play a little game? I would like to ask you to raise your hand if you have had the chance to go to school. How many of you? Wow! That’s something! Ok… Soo… Now, put your arm down if you did not go to university or if you never got a degree. There […]

ERC Starting Grant awarded to Greifswalder Biochemist

Junior Professor Matthias Höhne from the University of Greifswald has been awarded a “Starting Grant” from the European Research Council (ERC). He teaches and researches at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences’ Institute of Biochemistry. Together with his research group, he discovers and improves new proteins, which are used as biocatalysts for chemical reactions. […]

Biocat Poster Prize 2016

Congratulations to our very own Laura Leemans (ESR1) and Nicolás Ríos-Lombardía of Entrechem for bagging the Biocat Poster Prize 2016 during the Biocat 2016 Conference in Hamburg, Germany! More about the Biocat 2016 conference and the Poster Prize here. Image source: http://biocatconference.de/2016/biocat-poster-prize-2016/

What is so special about crystallography?

First of all, protein crystallography is considered as an empirical science once there is a lot of time invested (I would say many years) in order to understand and characterized all the theory behind. However, there is no complete full knowledge about the field. There are proper methods to work with as well as some […]

“Anomalous” water could transform the Earth in Venus

The story begins a few decades back, we are at the climax of the Cold War, 1962. Nicolai Fedyakin, a scientist working at a small government research lab in Kostroma (Russia), made some experiments based on previous observation condensing water in hair-thin glass capillary tubes. His experimental set up consisted in a sealed chamber with […]

First $1,000 genome, now DNA-sequencing for anyone – what comes next?

I recently received a Facebook message from a good friend. He’s an electrical engineer and likes to think outside the box. He shared an article termed “Portable DNA Sequencer MinION helps build the internet of living things” [1]. Below he wrote „Soon we share DNA instead of internet articles.” I was confused. The title was […]

What is Genetic Engineering?

A lot of discussion is going on right know whether or not it is healthy and acceptable to cultivate and eat genetically engineered organisms (GMOs)- in particular plants. The amount of information available is immense and mostly gives an impression of an uncontrolled development of plants with unpredictable properties. In this article I want to […]

Recruitment Event

Out of the 460 job applications that the Biocascades project received, we were able to narrow the best candidates and invited 15 candidates to vie for the ESR positions. The candidates were invite to participate in the Biocascades recruiting event at TU Hamburg-Harburg in Germany last March 3, 2015. We conducted parallel sessions, where the […]