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Forum Akademie 45: Harnessing Nature – Biocatalysis for Development and Drug Discovery


  • Vortrag


  • Human & Biotechnology (Field of Expertise)
  • Career

To meet the demand for screenable enzyme libraries, we are expanding the biocatalytic toolbox with new members of synthetically useful enzyme families. The lecture will highlight the discovery of novel ene reductases and the construction of a ketoreductase library for the synthesis of active pharmaceutical intermediates. By using a combination of microbial strain screening and databank analysis, genes encoding the desired functions were identified. Biochemical characterization of the (novel) enzymes highlights their application potential.

About Rebecca Buller

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Buller leads the Competence Center for Biocatalysis (CCBIO) at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil (ZHAW). Before joining the ZHAW, Rebecca Buller held a position as Laboratory Head and Project Manager at Firmenich, a flavour and fragrance company.

In this role, she developed and optimized several biocatalysis based processes for the manufacture of asset molecules. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Buller brings in-depth knowledge of enzyme engineering through her academic research at ETH Zurich. Dr. Rebecca Buller received her Diploma degree in Chemistry from the University of Münster and studied at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD degree from the Institute of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich.


Lecture Room E 3.1, Petersgasse 12, ground floor:

Claudia VON DER LINDEN Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. (FH) MBA (IMD)
Vice Rector for Communication and Change Management, TU Graz

Rebecca BULLER Prof. Dr.
Lead of the Competence Center for Biocatalysis (CCBIO) at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Petersgasse 14:
Drink and Snacks

Seminar Room BKEG053, Petersgasse 14, ground floor:

Discussion on Gender Challenges and Opportunities for Careers in Academia
Moderation Robert KOURIST Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.,
Head of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, TU Graz

Veranstaltet von

Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Forum Technik und Gesellschaft | TU Graz; alumniTUGraz 1887

Zeit und Ort

13. März 2019, 13:00 - 17:00

TU Graz, Neue Technik, Lecture Room E3.1, Petersgasse 12, ground floor, 8010 Graz, Austria


Abhaltungssprache: Englisch


Sandy SCHMIDT, Patricia GÖTZ
alumniTUGraz 1887
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