Prof. Friedrich W. Herberg studied Biology and Theology in Ruhr-University of Bochum and was awarded his PhD in Physiological Chemistry from the Medical Faculty of the same Universtity in 1990. He then moved to San Diago, USA, for a postdoc at the Department of Chemistry in the University of California and returned in 1994 in Germany as a group leader of Physioligical Chemistry in the Ruhr-University Bochum. In 2002 he joined the Institute of Biology in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kassel University as a Full Professor. He is the head of the Department of Biochemistry and currently he leads a group of about 20 people. The main focus of the group is on research on the molecular basis of fine tuning kinase activity employing biochemical, biophysical, cell biological and bioinformatic technologies, e.g. surface plasmon resonance (SPR), fluorescence polarization, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) and FRET.
Assist. Prof. Ioannis Pavlidis studied Biology in the University of Ioannina (GR) and was awarded his PhD in Biotechnology from the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies of the same University in 2011. He then started his postdoc in University of Greifswald (DE) where he stayed for 4 years and was trained in protein engineering of enzymes and development of novel high-throughput assays for screening enzyme libraries. In 2015 he moved to University of Kassel (DE), as he was offered a group leader position, and he established the group of biotechnology. Since January 2018 he moved in the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete as an Assist. Professor, but he participates in the Rhodolive as an external collaborator of University of Kassel.
University of Kassel. He is the head of Enzyme Technology Laboratory, which he recently established. The main focus of the group is the identification of novel enzymes and development of enzymatic cascades, optimization of biocatalysts via protein engineering, development of oriented enzyme immobilization approaches, study of enzyme function-structure relationship and the process development. In the Department of Chemistry all the required infrastructure is available for the cultivation of microorganisms (incubators, shakers, clean bench, centrifuges etc) and purification of the proteins of interest (FPLC, electrophoretic apparatus etc), molecular biology techniques (thermocycler, DNA electrophoresis apparatus, Western blot etc) and the analytics (UV-Vis photometer and fluorometer, GC, HPLC, MS, IR, NMR).
Jonas Peterle studied in the field of Nanoscience at the University of Kassel. He finished his studies with a master thesis as part of a biotechnological project at the Department of Biochemistry. During this time, he gained experience especially in the generation of modified enzymes via site-directed mutagenesis PCR, the analysis of enzyme activity via HPLC-based assays, and the generation of homology models for structural investigation of proteins. Since 2018, he is a research assistant at University of Kassel and works in the RHODOLIVE project as preparation for his doctorate. His main goal will be the identification of mutation effects in the genome of the DÜZEN in-house R. glutinis strain, as well as the generation of improved enzyme variants and yeast strains for the OMW treatment process