Hochschule trifft Industrie 2024

Traditionally, the organization  team of Hochschule trifft Industrie is comprised of 2-3 junior research group leaders and representatives from the hosting industrial partner. 

 Jun. Prof. Dr. Fraziska Thomas 

Franziska Thomas studied chemistry at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she obtained her PhD in 2010 under the supervision of Prof Oliver Seitz with a thesis on the development of an Fmoc-based solid-phase synthesis of peptide thioesters with self-purification. She then joined the group of Prof Derek Woolfson at the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research involved the de novo design of coiled-coil peptides and coiled-coil based materials. In 2015, she became an independent research group leader at the University of Göttingen. Since 2019, she has been a junior professor of organic chemistry at Heidelberg University. Her research interests include the bottom-up design of miniproteins, in particular mini-receptors and mini-enzymes, all based on β-sheet peptide scaffolds. She is also interested in the use of peptides and miniproteins for the biofunctionalisation of materials or the de novo design of peptide materials. A third research interest is the development of late-stage peptide functionalisation methods for the straightforward generation of peptide libraries for the identification of therapeutic peptides, e.g. peptide vaccines against glioblastoma.

Dr. Golo Storch

 Golo Storch studied chemistry at Heidelberg University and completed his B.Sc. in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lutz Gade. During his M.Sc. studies (2010 – 2012), he spent a research stay at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) du CNRS in Toulouse. He then joined the group of Prof. Dr. Oliver Trapp at Heidelberg University for his PhD studies and graduated summa cum laude in 2016 with a thesis in the field of stereodynamic ligands and their application in self-amplifying catalysis. For his postdoctoral research, he moved to Yale University and joined the group of Prof. Dr. Scott Miller. In the US, he explored quinone redox-interconversion and peptide ligands for site-selective catalysis. Since 2019, he has been a junior research group leader at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). His group is supported by a Liebig Fellowship (Chemical Industry Funds, FCI), the Emmy Noether Programme (DFG), and an ERC Starting Grant. Research interests in the group range from designing molecular flavin catalysts, artificial electron bifurcation, cofactor ancestors, to complex natural product fragmentation.

Dr. Adrián Gómez Suárez

 Adrián Gómez Suárez graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2009. In 2014 he was awarded his PhD from the University of St. Andrews for his studies on the chemistry of dinuclear gold complexes under the supervision of Prof. Steven P. Nolan. For his postdoc he moved to the WWU Münster to work with Prof. Frank Glorius. In 2018 he started his habilitation at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW), supported by a Liebig Fellowship (Chemical Industry Funds, FCI). Since September 2023 he is a senior scientist and subgroup leader in the group of Prof. Stefan Kirsch at the BUW. His research focusses on the development of enabling technologies for the synthesis and modification of biomolecules using radical chemistry. 

Dr. Oliver Loiloseur

 Olivier Loiseleur studied chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. After his diplôme d’ingénieur chimiste (1991) in the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, he obtained his PhD (1996) in the University of Basel on enantioselective allylic substitution and Heck reactions under the guidance of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz. He then moved to the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla to work with Prof. Dale Boger on the total synthesis of Vancomycin, after which he joined the Process Research group at Novartis Pharma in Basel (1999). In 2002, he moved to Syngenta Crop Protection Research. After a secondment with Prof. Ian Paterson (2005) at the university of Cambridge UK to work on the synthesis of Spirastrellolide, he joined the Insecticide Chemistry research unit. He is currently a Senior Science Fellow at Syngenta Crop protection leading natural product research and is based in Stein, CH. His research interests are linked to the discovery and optimization of synthetic and natural product compounds for application in crop protection, He is also active in the application of bioisosteres to drug discovery and in nurturing research connections to external innovation sources to create future crop protection solutions. 

Dr. Patrick Isenegger

 Patrick Isenegger obtained his BSc and MSc diploma in chemistry from the University of Basel. In 2012 he started his doctoral studies in the research group of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz where he investigated several organocatalyzed transformations. In August 2017 he joined the Gouverneur and Davis groups at the University of Oxford as postdoctoral research associate where he applied concept of catalysis for the site-selective post-translational modification of proteins. Next to chemical biology, Patrick was the lab head of SOMIL (SiemensOxfordMolecularImagingLaboratory). Next to research, Patrick was a tutor in Organic chemistry at Pembroke College, teaching advanced organic chemistry. In November 2019 Patrick joined Syngenta as Team Leader in Process Technology new active ingredient. His research program focuses on investigations of novel chemical transformations for the sustainable manufacturing of active ingredients and intermediates. Furthermore, he leads a team involved in process chemistry and development. He is co-author of over 18 scientific papers and 5 patents. 

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