The Team

Postdocs


lindner@...

I have an extensive background in metabolic engineering of prokaryotic organisms. I completed my diploma thesis on polyphosphate metabolism in the institute of biotechnology at the research center Jülich. During my PhD studies, at the institute of molecular microbiology and biotechnology at Münster University, I investigated and engineered the central metabolism of C. glutamicum. I then joined the institute of Genetics of Prokaryotes at Bielefeld University, where I continued my metabolic engineering work, with a special emphasis on alternative carbon sources, sugar transport, glycolysis, and the pentose phosphate pathway. I further engineered C. glutamicum for the production of various compounds of interest. Later, I joined Algenol Biofuels in Berlin, working in strain development of Cyanobacteria. At Arren’s group I design and implement synthetic pathways for formate assimilation in E. coli, using state of the art metabolic engineering and genome editing techniques.

Steffen Lindner


I have an extensive background in metabolic engineering of prokaryotic organisms. I completed my diploma thesis on polyphosphate metabolism in the institute of biotechnology at the research center Jülich. During my PhD studies, at the institute of molecular microbiology and biotechnology at Münster University, I investigated and engineered the central metabolism of C. glutamicum. I then joined the institute of Genetics of Prokaryotes at Bielefeld University, where I continued my metabolic engineering work, with a special emphasis on alternative carbon sources, sugar transport, glycolysis, and the pentose phosphate pathway. I further engineered C. glutamicum for the production of various compounds of interest. Later, I joined Algenol Biofuels in Berlin, working in strain development of Cyanobacteria.
At Arren’s group I design and implement synthetic pathways for formate assimilation in E. coli, using state of the art metabolic engineering and genome editing techniques.
Behrens@...
I gained my diploma in biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. During my studies I became interested in microbiology, and therefore I made my Diploma thesis in intestine microbiology, studying the effect of microorganisms on the formation and excretion of potential carcinogenic nutrients. After my Diploma, I worked for a while in a medicine products company. I completed my PhD studies in the field of geological microbiology, working at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Potsdam. There, I developed and constructed high-pressure, high temperature incubation systems for cultivation of extremophiles as well as for the extraction of organic compounds from condensed organic matter. At AG Bar-Even, I am responsible for maintaining and operating the technical equipment.

Patrick Behrens


I gained my diploma in biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. During my studies I became interested in microbiology, and therefore I made my Diploma thesis in intestine microbiology, studying the effect of microorganisms on the formation and excretion of potential carcinogenic nutrients. After my Diploma, I worked for a while in a medicine products company. I completed my PhD studies in the field of geological microbiology, working at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Potsdam. There, I developed and constructed high-pressure, high temperature incubation systems for cultivation of extremophiles as well as for the extraction of organic compounds from condensed organic matter.
At AG Bar-Even, I am responsible for maintaining and operating the technical equipment.
Kim@...
I received my bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the Pusan National University, South Korea. During my studies I got interested in bioprocess and made my Diploma thesis in metabolic engineering of prokaryotic organisms to produce hydrogen.  I completed my master's degree at the same university where I further engineered E. coli to increase hydrogen production with a special emphasis on carbon flux analysis. Then, I joined Ramon Gonzalez's group at Rice University at Houston, USA for the PhD degree where I engineered orthogonal reversed beta oxidation pathways for carbon elongation to develop microbial cell factories which can be used for biofuel and biochemical production.
At Arren Bar-Even's Group, I focus on developing synthetic pathways in E. coli for the one-carbon assimilation.

Seohyoung Kim

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I received my bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the Pusan National University, South Korea. During my studies I got interested in bioprocess and made my Diploma thesis in metabolic engineering of prokaryotic organisms to produce hydrogen.  I completed my master's degree at the same university where I further engineered E. coli to increase hydrogen production with a special emphasis on carbon flux analysis. Then, I joined Ramon Gonzalez's group at Rice University at Houston, USA for the PhD degree where I engineered orthogonal reversed beta oxidation pathways for carbon elongation to develop microbial cell factories which can be used for biofuel and biochemical production.
At Arren Bar-Even's Group, I focus on developing synthetic pathways in E. coli for the one-carbon assimilation.
machens@...I earned my Diploma in Biotechnology at the University of Brunswick and conducted my PhD thesis in the field of Plant – Pathogen interaction at the Institute of Genetics in Brunswick. During my work there, I focused on the development and analysis of synthetic promoters responding to pathogen infection. Following up on this project, I joined the University of Potsdam to develop synthetic promoters and tailor-made transcription factors for biotechnological applications in yeast. In this research project I expanded my knowledge on artificial transcription modulation and gained an extensive background on DNA assembly strategies, strain construction and genome engineering in S. cerevisiae. In Arren Bar-Even’s group, I am engineering baker’s yeast to establish formatothropic growth.

Fabian Machens


I earned my Diploma in Biotechnology at the University of Brunswick and conducted my PhD thesis in the field of Plant – Pathogen interaction at the Institute of Genetics in Brunswick. During my work there, I focused on the development and analysis of synthetic promoters responding to pathogen infection. Following up on this project, I joined the University of Potsdam to develop synthetic promoters and tailor-made transcription factors for biotechnological applications in yeast. In this research project I expanded my knowledge on artificial transcription modulation and gained an extensive background on DNA assembly strategies, strain construction and genome engineering in S. cerevisiae. In Arren Bar-Even’s group, I am engineering baker’s yeast to establish formatothropic growth.
aespinoza@...
My research interest lies on synthetic microbiology. In the past, I have developed a novel bacterium-plant system to investigate the molecular and physiological interactions between a microaerophilic N2-fixing bacterium and a mangrove plant. This was part of my MSc and PhD studies at Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and Jacobs University in Bremen. Then, I joined the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) as a postdoctoral researcher, where I optimized the bacterial strain Halomonas elongata to overproduce the metabolite ectoine. This was part of a cooperation project with the biotechnological company Bitop AG and BAM. Currently, I am working in Dr. Bar-Evens group to rewire the central carbon metabolism of Pseudomonas putida and standardize a synthetic biofluorination pathway.

Gabriela Alfaro-Espinoza


My research interest lies on synthetic microbiology. In the past, I have developed a novel bacterium-plant system to investigate the molecular and physiological interactions between a microaerophilic N2-fixing bacterium and a mangrove plant. This was part of my MSc and PhD studies at Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and Jacobs University in Bremen. Then, I joined the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) as a postdoctoral researcher, where I optimized the bacterial strain Halomonas elongata to overproduce the metabolite ectoine. This was part of a cooperation project with the biotechnological company Bitop AG and BAM. Currently, I am working in Dr. Bar-Evens group to rewire the central carbon metabolism of Pseudomonas putida and standardize a synthetic biofluorination pathway.


Wenk@...
For my undergraduate degree, I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam where I did my BSc thesis on epigenetic regulation of heat stress memory in A. thaliana. Following my interest in applied science, I moved to Strasbourg (France), where I studied Biotechnology at the École Supérieure de Biotechnologie. There, I received a double MSc degree in Synthetic Biology and Structural Biology after writing my thesis on the development of DNA Aptamers against post-transcriptionally modified proteins at the MPI for Immunology and Epigenetics in Freiburg. In the group of Dr. Bar-Even, I work on novel formate assimilation routes in E.coli.

Sebastian Wenk


For my undergraduate degree, I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam where I did my BSc thesis on epigenetic regulation of heat stress memory in A. thaliana. Following my interest in applied science, I moved to Strasbourg (France), where I studied Biotechnology at the École Supérieure de Biotechnologie. There, I received a double MSc degree in Synthetic Biology and Structural Biology after writing my thesis on the development of DNA Aptamers against post-transcriptionally modified proteins at the MPI for Immunology and Epigenetics in Freiburg.
In the group of Dr. Bar-Even, I work on novel formate assimilation routes in E.coli.
orsi@...
I obtained my BSc degree in Biotechnology at University of Bologna (Italy), with an internship at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona (Spain). I obtained my MSc diploma in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), with a thesis on improving itaconic acid production in the bacterium Escherichia coli. Moreover, I performed an internship staying as visiting scholar at University of California San Diego (USA) in the laboratory of prof. Susan Golden. During this experience, I investigated the molecular mechanisms of circadian biology in the model cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus.
I obtained my PhD diploma at the Bioprocess Engineering Department at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). During this project, I characterized and improved the metabolism of the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides for enhancing chemoheterotrophic isoprenoid production.
At Bar-Even’s group, I focus on formatothropic bulk chemicals synthesis in the bacterium Cupriavidus necator.

Enrico Orsi

I obtained my BSc degree in Biotechnology at University of Bologna (Italy), with an internship at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona (Spain). I obtained my MSc diploma in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), with a thesis on improving itaconic acid production in the bacterium Escherichia coli. Moreover, I performed an internship staying as visiting scholar at University of California San Diego (USA) in the laboratory of prof. Susan Golden. During this experience, I investigated the molecular mechanisms of circadian biology in the model cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus.

I obtained my PhD diploma at the Bioprocess Engineering Department at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). During this project, I characterized and improved the metabolism of the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides for enhancing chemoheterotrophic isoprenoid production.

At Bar-Even’s group, I focus on formatothropic bulk chemicals synthesis in the bacterium Cupriavidus necator.

PhD Students

He@...
I studied Plant Protection at the Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan (China) and wrote my bachelors thesis about the isolation of bioactive compounds from Atractylodes lancea. I was fascinated by the field of synthetic biology and moved to explore triterpenoids biosynthesis pathway in the edible medicinal fungi Poria cocos for my master degree, also at the Huazhong Agricultural University.In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I work on engineering E. coli to establish formaldehyde assimilation.

Hai He


I studied Plant Protection at the Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan (China) and wrote my bachelors thesis about the isolation of bioactive compounds from Atractylodes lancea. I was fascinated by the field of synthetic biology and moved to explore triterpenoids biosynthesis pathway in the edible medicinal fungi Poria cocos for my master degree, also at the Huazhong Agricultural University.

In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I work on engineering E. coli to establish formaldehyde assimilation.
Kubis@...
I studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen where I graduated with a thesis at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society on the control of robust ordering of cell cycle events. For my Master degree I moved to the University of Heidelberg and visited the University of Edinburgh. There, I worked on a variety of different projects from transcriptional regulation over optimization of photosynthesis to optogenetic tools. For my Master thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research I worked on a high-throughput protocol to test engineered light-sensitive dimers.
In Dr. Bar-Even’s Group I am investigating ways to improve photosynthesis by constructing synthetic carbon-neutral photorespiration bypass routes. Combining engineered and natural enzymes, I test novel pathways in E. coli to evaluate their functionality in vivo and perform directed evolution for further optimization.
 

Armin Kubis

I studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen where I graduated with a thesis at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society on the control of robust ordering of cell cycle events. For my Master degree I moved to the University of Heidelberg and visited the University of Edinburgh. There, I worked on a variety of different projects from transcriptional regulation over optimization of photosynthesis to optogenetic tools. For my Master thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research I worked on a high-throughput protocol to test engineered light-sensitive dimers.

In Dr. Bar-Even’s Group I am investigating ways to improve photosynthesis by constructing synthetic carbon-neutral photorespiration bypass routes. Combining engineered and natural enzymes, I test novel pathways in E. coli to evaluate their functionality in vivo and perform directed evolution for further optimization.
 
Calzadiaz@...
I studied Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and received a Bachelor’s degree  at The National Autonomous University of Mexico, where I investigated biodiesel and biomethane production. For my Master studies, I joined the program of Biomedicine and Molecular Biotechnolgy, in the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. I worked in the Agricultural Microbiology group, studying the hydrolytic activities (cellulases, pectinases and xylanases) of the actinomycete Micromonospora sp. L5 for the production of second generation biofuels. As part of this project I undertook a residential research placement at the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics of the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a second in the School of Materials at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). 
In Dr. Bar-Even’s group, I work on coenzyme engineering of oxidoreductases through evolutionary engineering and structure-guided directed evolution to improve NADPH production.

Liliana Calzadiaz Ramirez


I studied Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and received a Bachelor’s degree  at The National Autonomous University of Mexico, where I investigated biodiesel and biomethane production. For my Master studies, I joined the program of Biomedicine and Molecular Biotechnolgy, in the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. I worked in the Agricultural Microbiology group, studying the hydrolytic activities (cellulases, pectinases and xylanases) of the actinomycete Micromonospora sp. L5 for the production of second generation biofuels. As part of this project I undertook a residential research placement at the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics of the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a second in the School of Materials at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

In Dr. Bar-Even’s group, I work on coenzyme engineering of oxidoreductases through evolutionary engineering and structure-guided directed evolution to improve NADPH production.

Bysani@...I received my Bachelor’s degree in life sciences from Sri Venkateswara University, India and Master’s degree in biochemistry with a thesis on “Alkaline protease production from Bacillus. spp” from the same university. After my masters, I worked as a research fellow at JNCASR, India where I earned diverse scientific research experience as I had worked on microbial biocatalysts for the production of butanol and developed an inducible synthetic operon to engineer isobutanol production pathway. I also worked on cell biology aspects to develop assays to monitor flux of autophagy in terms of intracellular trafficking of pathogens and degradation of protein aggregates.
In Dr. Arren Bar-Even’s group, I am doing my PhD on engineering synthetic C1 assimilation pathways in yeast.

Viswanada Bysani

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I received my Bachelor’s degree in life sciences from Sri Venkateswara University, India and Master’s degree in biochemistry with a thesis on “Alkaline protease production from Bacillus. spp” from the same university. After my masters, I worked as a research fellow at JNCASR, India where I earned diverse scientific research experience as I had worked on microbial biocatalysts for the production of butanol and developed an inducible synthetic operon to engineer isobutanol production pathway. I also worked on cell biology aspects to develop assays to monitor flux of autophagy in terms of intracellular trafficking of pathogens and degradation of protein aggregates.

In Dr. Arren Bar-Even’s group, I am doing my PhD on engineering synthetic C1 assimilation pathways in yeast.
deMaria@...
I studied Biotechnology Bsc at the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna (Italy). I did my Bachelor thesis at the department of biochemistry in the group of Bioenergetics. I did my Master in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the Wageningen University (Netherlands). I did my Master thesis in the BacGen group of Wageningen, working on the development of a CRISPR/CAS9 toolbox and studying DNA repair systems in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In Arren Bar-Even’s group I did and internship working on flux analysis and engineering of synthetic routes for formate assimilation in Cupriavidus necator.
Currently, I am doing my PhD thesis in the Bar-Even group, working with Gabriela Alfaro Espinoza on establishing a biofluorination route in  Pseudomonas putida and E. coli.

Alberto de Maria

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I studied Biotechnology Bsc at the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna (Italy). I did my Bachelor thesis at the department of biochemistry in the group of Bioenergetics. I did my Master in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the Wageningen University (Netherlands). I did my Master thesis in the BacGen group of Wageningen, working on the development of a CRISPR/CAS9 toolbox and studying DNA repair systems in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In Arren Bar-Even’s group I did and internship working on flux analysis and engineering of synthetic routes for formate assimilation in Cupriavidus necator.
Currently, I am doing my PhD thesis in the Bar-Even group, working with Gabriela Alfaro Espinoza on establishing a biofluorination route in  Pseudomonas putida and E. coli.
Bonder@...

I initially studied Economics at Boston University for my bachelor’s, where I became interested in the great potential of a sustainable bio-based economy powered by synthetic biology. I went on to work at Twist Bioscience and later pursued a postbaccalaureate in Biotechnology at Columbia University. After this, I became a rotation student in the lab of Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier where I partook in different projects centered on the biology and application of CRISPR/Cas systems. There, I studied the role of DNA replication proteins in a non-replicative context using a B. subtilis strain engineered to lose its ability to replicate DNA. I also worked on the innate immune recognition of the human pathogen S. pyogenes. In my last project, I investigated post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of type V-A CRISPR systems. 
In Dr. Bar-Even’s group, I am working with Dr. Steffen Lindner focusing on rewiring the metabolism of C. glutamicum in order to couple growth with the production of value added chemicals.

Daniel Bonder

I initially studied Economics at Boston University for my bachelor’s, where I became interested in the great potential of a sustainable bio-based economy powered by synthetic biology. I went on to work at Twist Bioscience and later pursued a postbaccalaureate in Biotechnology at Columbia University. After this, I became a rotation student in the lab of Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier where I partook in different projects centered on the biology and application of CRISPR/Cas systems. There, I studied the role of DNA replication proteins in a non-replicative context using a B. subtilis strain engineered to lose its ability to replicate DNA. I also worked on the innate immune recognition of the human pathogen S. pyogenes. In my last project, I investigated post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of type V-A CRISPR systems. 

In Dr. Bar-Even’s group, I am working with Dr. Steffen Lindner focusing on rewiring the metabolism of C. glutamicum in order to couple growth with the production of value added chemicals.

Giraldo@...
I received my B.Sc in Biological engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During my early studies, I focused on the development of microalgal biorefineries. I kept in that direction by getting involved in public and private supported projects to develop local bio-businesses. Currently I'm a Ph. D. student in Biotechnology at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia and my thesis work is based on the real-time assessment and optimization of quantum yield in hydrocarbon producing microalgae using florescence spectroscopy aiming to improve the energy balance of biomass production. In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I am working as an internship student to learn state of the art techniques in synthetic biology for further development of new bioprocess based on the transformation of one-carbon substrates into industrial useful molecules using synthetic metabolic pathways.

Nestor Giraldo

I received my B.Sc in Biological engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During my early studies, I focused on the development of microalgal biorefineries. I kept in that direction by getting involved in public and private supported projects to develop local bio-businesses. Currently I'm a Ph. D. student in Biotechnology at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia and my thesis work is based on the real-time assessment and optimization of quantum yield in hydrocarbon producing microalgae using florescence spectroscopy aiming to improve the energy balance of biomass production.
In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I am working as an internship student to learn state of the art techniques in synthetic biology for further development of new bioprocess based on the transformation of one-carbon substrates into industrial useful molecules using synthetic metabolic pathways.
twu@...
I earned my bachelor’s degree in life science at Shanxi University, China, where I received an organized training. Fascinated by the diverse creatures, I decide to discover the principles behind them. I pursued my master's degree in Biotechnology Engineering at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. There, I finished my thesis of Mining and Utilization of Sabinene Tolerance Gene from Escherichia coli. In this project, I gained new DNA editing strategies and transcriptome analysis skills.In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I am pursuing a further study on systems and synthetic metabolism. My PhD project is focusing on exploring novel formaldehyde conversion/assimilation routes.

Tong Wu

I earned my bachelor’s degree in life science at Shanxi University, China, where I received an organized training. Fascinated by the diverse creatures, I decide to discover the principles behind them. I pursued my master's degree in Biotechnology Engineering at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. There, I finished my thesis of Mining and Utilization of Sabinene Tolerance Gene from Escherichia coli. In this project, I gained new DNA editing strategies and transcriptome analysis skills.
In Dr. Bar-Even's group, I am pursuing a further study on systems and synthetic metabolism. My PhD project is focusing on exploring novel formaldehyde conversion/assimilation routes.

satanowski@...
I studied biology at the Freie Universität in Berlin and at ETH Zürich, where I first came into contact with research on microbial metabolism and its engineering and became fascinated with the field. I joined the Bar-Even lab for my Master Thesis and worked on a project that explored enzyme reversibility and the implementation of carbon fixation pathways in heterotrophic hosts. A brief stay at the lab of Tobias Erb then taught me more about the mechanisms and engineering of enzymes. I returned to the Bar-Even lab in fall 2019 to start my PhD thesis, which aims to establish in vivo synthetic pathways for the assimilation of CO2 and reduced C1 compounds.

Ari Satanowski

I studied biology at the Freie Universität in Berlin and at ETH Zürich, where I first came into contact with research on microbial metabolism and its engineering and became fascinated with the field. I joined the Bar-Even lab for my Master Thesis and worked on a project that explored enzyme reversibility and the implementation of carbon fixation pathways in heterotrophic hosts. A brief stay at the lab of Tobias Erb then taught me more about the mechanisms and engineering of enzymes. I returned to the Bar-Even lab in fall 2019 to start my PhD thesis, which aims to establish in vivo synthetic pathways for the assimilation of CO2 and reduced C1 compounds.

dronsella@...
I am a Biology student from the Freie Universität Berlin and joined the research group of Dr. Arren Bar-Even for my Master's project. After my Bachelor's degree, which I completed with a thesis on oxidative stress responses in plants in the group of Prof. Dr. Baier (FU Berlin), I decided to focus on molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Microbiology for my master studies.
In the group of Dr. Arren Bar-Even, I am exploring and optimizing formatotrophic growth of C. necator

Beau Dronsella

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I am a Biology student from the Freie Universität Berlin and joined the research group of Dr. Arren Bar-Even for my Master's project. After my Bachelor's degree, which I completed with a thesis on oxidative stress responses in plants in the group of Prof. Dr. Baier (FU Berlin), I decided to focus on molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Microbiology for my master studies.
In the group of Dr. Arren Bar-Even, I am exploring and optimizing formatotrophic growth of C. necator

Master Students

rainaldi@...
After completing my master's degree in Industrial Biotechnology at Sapienza University of Rome, I received a scholarship to contiue my studies abroad for one year. The topic of my master's thesis was protein degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana, but during my studies I developed a profound interest in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering and for this reason, I decided to do an internship in Dr. Arren Bar-Evens group. Here, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Seohyoung Kim to engineer the efficient assimilation of methanol in E. coli, with the hope of obtaining a fast-growing strain capable of producing value-added compounds.

Vittorio Rainaldi

After completing my master's degree in Industrial Biotechnology at Sapienza University of Rome, I received a scholarship to contiue my studies abroad for one year. The topic of my master's thesis was protein degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana, but during my studies I developed a profound interest in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering and for this reason, I decided to do an internship in Dr. Arren Bar-Evens group. Here, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Seohyoung Kim to engineer the efficient assimilation of methanol in E. coli, with the hope of obtaining a fast-growing strain capable of producing value-added compounds.
Federici@...
I studied at University of Bologna (Italy) both for my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and for my Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My bachelor thesis focused on RT-digital droplet PCR as a method to quantify the copy number of Plum Pox Virus genomes in Apricot trees.
During my Master studies, I developed a strong interest in Synthetic Biology. Fascinated by the approach of the Bar-Even group to tackle environmental issues with a combination of synthetic biology and systems biology, I decided to do my Master’s Thesis in this group. Here, I work together with Sebastian Wenk to engineer synthetic C1 assimilation routes in unexplored host bacteria.

Filippo Federici

I studied at University of Bologna (Italy) both for my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and for my Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My bachelor thesis focused on RT-digital droplet PCR as a method to quantify the copy number of Plum Pox Virus genomes in Apricot trees.

During my Master studies, I developed a strong interest in Synthetic Biology. Fascinated by the approach of the Bar-Even group to tackle environmental issues with a combination of synthetic biology and systems biology, I decided to do my Master’s Thesis in this group.
Here, I work together with Sebastian Wenk to engineer synthetic C1 assimilation routes in unexplored host bacteria.

iacometti@...
I completed my BSc degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Genoawith a thesis on the effects of organophosphate pollutants on A. salina cholinergic system. During my MSc in Cellular & Molecular Biology at the University of Turin, I did my thesis project at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of Barcelona. There, I studied the distribution of de novo retrotransposon insertions in several D. melanogaster promoter regions and their role on alternative transcription. My growing interest towards systems and structural biology pushed me to approach synthetic biology after my graduation. For this reason, I am now pursuing an internship in Arren Bar-Even’s group, working under the supervision of Dr. Steffen Lindner on the rational engineering of E. coli central metabolism to produce value-added compounds.

Camillo Iacometti

I completed my BSc degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Genoawith a thesis on the effects of organophosphate pollutants on A. salina cholinergic system. During my MSc in Cellular & Molecular Biology at the University of Turin, I did my thesis project at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of Barcelona. There, I studied the distribution of de novo retrotransposon insertions in several D. melanogaster promoter regions and their role on alternative transcription. My growing interest towards systems and structural biology pushed me to approach synthetic biology after my graduation. For this reason, I am now pursuing an internship in Arren Bar-Even’s group, working under the supervision of Dr. Steffen Lindner on the rational engineering of E. coli central metabolism to produce value-added compounds.

rossini@...
My academic career started with a bachelor’s degree in biology at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Thereafter, I decided to move to Bristol where I did an internship at the University of Bristol focused on  the onset of genetic diseases like osteoarthritis using zebrafish as model organism and learning techniques of microscopic anatomy. It was during my master studies in industrial biotechnology at the University of Padova that I discovered a particular interest in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Currently I’m doing my master’s thesis in the Bar-Even group working on establishing synthetic pathway for the assimilation of one-carbon compounds in E.coli.

Elena Rossini


My academic career started with a bachelor’s degree in biology at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Thereafter, I decided to move to Bristol where I did an internship at the University of Bristol focused on  the onset of genetic diseases like osteoarthritis using zebrafish as model organism and learning techniques of microscopic anatomy. It was during my master studies in industrial biotechnology at the University of Padova that I discovered a particular interest in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Currently I’m doing my master’s thesis in the Bar-Even group working on establishing synthetic pathway for the assimilation of one-carbon compounds in E.coli.
yazdi@...
I received my bachelor’s degree in biotechnology at the University of Kurdistan, Iran. To further pursue my studies, I have started a master's degree in biotechnology at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. During my studies, I got interested in metabolic engineering and did my thesis on the engineering of the Clostridium autoethanogenum for the production of ethyl acetate from syngas. Currently, I have joined Arren Bar-Even’s group to gain more knowledge about metabolic engineering and synthetic biology by doing a thesis on formate assimilation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae under the supervision of Dr. Fabian Machens.

Ali Tafazoli Yazdi

I received my bachelor’s degree in biotechnology at the University of Kurdistan, Iran. To further pursue my studies, I have started a master's degree in biotechnology at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. During my studies, I got interested in metabolic engineering and did my thesis on the engineering of the Clostridium autoethanogenum for the production of ethyl acetate from syngas. Currently, I have joined Arren Bar-Even’s group to gain more knowledge about metabolic engineering and synthetic biology by doing a thesis on formate assimilation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae under the supervision of Dr. Fabian Machens.

Bachelor Students & Interns

Alnahhal@...
I received my bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Uskudar University, Istanbul. I decided to gain experiences in microbiological research by doing an internship leading me to Dr. Bar-Even's group. Here, I participate in a project which aims to establish the reductive glycine pathway in yeast.

Abdelrahman Alnahhal

I received my bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Uskudar University, Istanbul. I decided to gain experiences in microbiological research by doing an internship leading me to Dr. Bar-Even's group. Here, I participate in a project which aims to establish the reductive glycine pathway in yeast.

SchulzMirbach@...
Coming from the University Bielefeld, I joined the AG Bar-Even to do my bachelor thesis. During my study course of Molecular Biology, I quickly realized the immense potential of metabolic engineering for the solution of environmental issues, which is why I decided to do my thesis in the Bar-Even group. Currently, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Steffen Lindner on the introduction of novel ammonia assimilation routes.

Helena Schulz-Mirbach

Coming from the University Bielefeld, I joined the AG Bar-Even to do my bachelor thesis. During my study course of Molecular Biology, I quickly realized the immense potential of metabolic engineering for the solution of environmental issues, which is why I decided to do my thesis in the Bar-Even group. Currently, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Steffen Lindner on the introduction of novel ammonia assimilation routes.

Kuschel@...
I did my bachelor in Biosciences at the University of Potsdam. Already during participating in the iGEM competition for the Potsdam team, I realized my deep interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology. For this reason, I started as a student worker in Dr. Bar-Evens group. Currently, I’m doing my bachelor thesis working together with Hai He and Sebastian Wenk on synthetic formaldehyde assimilation in E. coli.

Pauline Kuschel

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I did my bachelor in Biosciences at the University of Potsdam. Already during participating in the iGEM competition for the Potsdam team, I realized my deep interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology. For this reason, I started as a student worker in Dr. Bar-Evens group. Currently, I’m doing my bachelor thesis working together with Hai He and Sebastian Wenk on synthetic formaldehyde assimilation in E. coli.

carrao@...I am an undergraduate student in Molecular Bioengineering at Imperial College London. Strongly passionate about Synthetic Biology, I am interested in understanding the design principles underlying the complexity of living systems. My skills lay at the interface of Engineering and Biology, and I am particularly interested into the application of Control and Optimisation theory to rationally design robust, efficient biomolecular networks. I am currently undertaking a summer research placement in the System and Synthetic Metabolism group, where I am working on Constraint-based modelling approaches in the context of metabolic engineering.

Marco Corrao

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I am an undergraduate student in Molecular Bioengineering at Imperial College London. Strongly passionate about Synthetic Biology, I am interested in understanding the design principles underlying the complexity of living systems. My skills lay at the interface of Engineering and Biology, and I am particularly interested into the application of Control and Optimisation theory to rationally design robust, efficient biomolecular networks. I am currently undertaking a summer research placement in the System and Synthetic Metabolism group, where I am working on Constraint-based modelling approaches in the context of metabolic engineering.

 

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