News 2018

Jasper Wattjes successfully defended his PhD thesis

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Today, Jasper Wattjes successfully defended his PhD thesis, supported by his first and second referees, Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher and Prof. Laurent David from the University of Lyon in France, respectively, and the third member of his doctoral committee, Prof. Francisco Goycoolea from the University of Leeds in the UK.
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Anna Niehues successfully defended her PhD thesis

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This afternoon, Anna Niehues successfully defended her PhD thesis, supported by her first and second referees, Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher and Prof. Henk Schols from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, respectively, and the third member of her doctoral committee, Dr. Pierre Alexandre Driguez from the company Sanofi-Pasteur in Paris, France.
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Stefan Hoffmann successfully defended his PhD thesis

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This morning, Stefan Hoffmann from the ex-Goycoo group successfully defended his PhD thesis, supported by his first and second referees, Prof. Francisco Goycoolea, now at Leeds University, and Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher, respectively, and the third member of his doctoral committee, Dr. Christian Gorzelanny from the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg.
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Paper from our collaborators in Vietnam: „Preparation of water soluble hydrochloric chitosan from low molecular weight chitosan in the solid state“

Today, a paper from a team around Prof. Trang Si Trung from Nha Trang University in Vietnam, in which they describe the solubilisation of chitosan using gaseous HCl, converting it into chitosan hydrochloride, appeared in the „International Journal of Biological Macromolecules“. Chitosan polymers are insoluble in water unless it is slightly acidified, whereas chitosan salts are readily soluble.
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Prof. Dr. Siva Kumar from University of Hyderabad came to visit us

On his tour through Germany, Prof. Siva Kumar, former Indian Speaker of our Indo-German International Research Training Group „Molecular and Cellular Glyco-Sciences - MCGS“ and currently Head of the International Office of the University of Hyderabad - UoH, visited our University to negotiate an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between our universities.
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Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for enzyme engineering using directed evolution

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Today, the Royal Swedish Academy announced the winners of this year’s Nobel prize for Chemistry: one half goes to Prof. Frances Arnold from the California Institute for Technology, the other half to Prof. em. George P. Smith from the University of Missouri and Prof. em. Gregory P. Winter from the University of Cambridge. They are among the pioneers of protein engineering, having introduced the concept of ‘directed evolution’ into biotechnology.
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Final consortium meeting of the ZIM project “F2F” in Münster

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On Tuesday afternoon, the partners of the national research and development project “Wertschöpfung aus pilzlichen Fermentationsabfällen durch Herstellung von Feinchemikalien - From Fungal Biomass to Fine Chemicals - F2F” financially supported by the ZIM program (Central Innovation Programme for SMEs) of the BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) met in Münster to discuss the progress of our work and to plan the final steps towards the imminent end of the project.
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Consortium meeting of the European ERA-IB project “funCHI” in Münster

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From Monday morning to lunch-time on Tuesday, the German, Dutch, and Spanish partners of the European Research Area - Industrial Biotechnology project “Fungal Chitosans from Fermentation Mycelia for Plant Biostimulants - funCHI” met in Münster to discuss the progress of our work and to plan the work for the coming, final months of the project.
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Lisanne Hameleers successfully defended her MSc thesis

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Today, Lisanne Hameleers successfully defended her MSc thesis on enzymes involved in the modification of fungal cell walls during growth, supported by Bruno Moerschbacher and her second referee, Prof. Arthur Ram from Leiden University where Lisanne also spent some time during her Master thesis.
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Franziska Schulze Bockeloh successfully defended her MSc thesis

Today, Franziska Schulze Bockeloh successfully defended her MSc thesis on developing on-chip immunostaining for the single-cell serial analysis of cancer stem cells, supported by Bruno Moerschbacher and the second referee, Prof. Burkhard Greve from the Klinik für Strahlentherapie – Radioonkologie of our Medical Faculty.
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14th International Chitin and Chitosan Conference ICCC, 12th Asia-Pacific Chitin and Chitosan Symposium APCCS, 32nd Japan Society of Chitin and Chitosan Conference JSCCC, in Osaka, Japan

It is already three years ago that we organized ICCC 13 - 12 EUCHIS, the last large International Chitin and Chitosan Conference, jointly with the Meeting of the European Chitin Society, in Münster. ICCC is held every three years, rotating between Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Ibero-America (the next one will be in 2021 in Mexico). Bruno Moerschbacher, currently president of EUCHIS, together with Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Philipp Lemke, Lea Hembach and Eva Regel were our strong team in Osaka.
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Sarah Prexler successfully defended her PhD thesis

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Today, Sarah Prexler successfully defended her PhD thesis on structure-function relationships of plant polyphenoloxidases, in the presence of her Doctoral Committee consisting of Bruno Moerschbacher, Prof. Bodo Philipp from the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology of our university, and Prof. Uwe Bornscheuer from the Institute of Biochemistry at University of Greifswald.
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An old and a new Dr. rer. nat., and a farewell but not far

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Today, Sruthi Sreekumar became Dr. Sruthi Sreekumar. Even her parents came all the way from their home in Kerala, India, to attend the convocation in which she received the doctoral certificate, and the doctoral hat the whole group had prepared for her. In the evening she, Dr. Tobias Weikert - our last new Dr. - and Claudia Lüneberg - our former Research Technician - invited all of us for a barbecue in the Innenhof of the institute.
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Martin Frassek successfully defended his MSc thesis

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Today, Martin Frassek successfully defended his MSc thesis on the structural basis of monophenolase versus diphenolase activities of plant polyphenol oxidases, supported by Bruno Moerschbacher and the second referee, Prof. Joachim Jose from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.
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Sruthi Sreekumar successfully defended her PhD thesis

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Today, Sruthi Sreekumar successfully defended her PhD thesis on the influence of structural parameters of partially acetylated chitosan polymers on their nanoformulation, in the presence of her Doctoral Committee, Bruno Moerschbacher, Francisco Goycoolea from the University of Leeds, and Prof. Stefan Schneider from the Institute of Dermatology und Venerology at Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.
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Martin Bonin successfully defended his MSc thesis

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Today, Martin Bonin successfully defended his MSc thesis on characterization and engineering of two fungal chitin deacetylases, supported by Bruno Moerschbacher and the second referee, Prof. Dirk Prüfer from our institute.
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Paper accepted: “Endochitinase 1 (Tv-ECH1) from Trichoderma virens has high subsite specificities for acetylated units when acting on chitosans”

Just a few days short of a full year after initial submission, Franziska Bußwinkel’s paper on the heterologous expression of a chitinase gene from the biocontrol fungus Trichoderma virens in the yeast Pichia pastoris and on the detailed characterization of the recombinant enzyme has finally been accepted for publication in the “International Journal of Biological Macromolecules”.
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David Gercke successfully defended his MSc thesis

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Today, David Gercke successfully defended his MSc thesis on the molecular characterization of “our” Bacillus chitosanase BspCSN-MN, supported by Bruno Moerschbacher and the second referee, Prof. Joachim José from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.
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Tobi Weikert successfully defended his PhD thesis

Today, Tobias Weikert successfully defended his PhD thesis with a public presentation and discussion of his research results followed by a closed examination with his doctoral committee consisting of the professors Bruno Moerschbacher, Susanne Fetzner from the Institute for Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, and Francisco Goycoolea from Leeds University.
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