Florian Leiß-Maier has received a PhD fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation. The two-year funding for his dissertation project starts today.
Three student are starting their research internships
Hannes Ehlert, Berkay Berk und Lucas Kollwitz are joining our team for 4-8 weeks. They will be supervised by Flo, Benny, and Paula, respectively.
Our team is growing...
We welcome three new members in our group! Srishti Ballabh Bahukhandi and Robert Klassen are starting a PhD and Konstantin Plöchl joins us for his M.Sc. thesis.
Srishti studied Chemistry at Delhi University and Amity University in India. She has already gained experience in chemical photoredox catalysis during her time at RWTH Aachen. In her PhD thesis, she will work on photoenzymatic reactions within the SFB/Transregio 325.
Robert studied Biochemistry in Ulm and Halle and comes with a lot of practical experience in protein engineering. He will work on artificial metalloenzymes within the TUM Innovation Network "RISE".
Konstantin is a Chemistry student at TUM. In his M.Sc. thesis, he wants to optimize a natural redox enzyme for a new activity. Andreas will be his supervisor.
We wish you all a good start in the Zeymer group and a lot of fun and success with your projects!
Great news: Cathleen got an ERC Starting Grant!
We are very happy to announce that our project "PhotoLanZyme" (Artificial Lanthanide Enzymes for Selective Photocatalysis) will be funded by an ERC Starting Grant of € 1.5 million!
Read more in this TUM press release.
Congratulations to all the other awardees and their exciting projects, which can be found here.
Benedikt Boesen receives a prestigious Kekulé fellowship from the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie" for his PhD project.
Meet our research project students...
Nikolas Müller, Hannah Kugler, Marius Hofberger and Quirin Fichtner joined our group for a research project this fall. Many thanks to Flo and Benny for the great supervision!
Paula starts her PhD
We warmly welcome Paula Wagner Ega to our group. Paula studied Biotechnology at the "Tecnológico de Monterrey" in Mexico for her B.Sc. degree and at Lund University in Sweden for her M.Sc. degree. Her master's thesis focused on the enzymatic degradation of PET. In her PhD, she will now investigate the relationship between conformational dynamics and function based on an artificial metalloenzyme. Her project is integrated in the Collaborative Research Center 1035. Welcome, Paula, and have a good start at TUM!
We welcome Maria and Anna to the group!
Maria Weyh is joining us for her M.Sc. thesis on enzymatic photocatalysis. Anna Heider is starting her B.Sc. thesis and will work on an artificial metalloenzyme.
We are part of a new collaborative research center on photocatalysis!
The DFG is funding the CRC/Transregio CRC325 "Assembly-controlled chemical photocatalysis", for which we contribute one project. Together with research groups from TUM, Uni Regensburg, Uni Leipzig and LMU Munich we will work on exciting topics in photocatalysis. The project in our lab will deal with light-induced reactions in proteins. There will be a PhD position available!
Benedikt starts his PhD
We are very happy to welcome Benedikt Boesen as a new PhD student in the group. Benedikt studied Biochemistry in Düsseldorf and Berlin and completed his MSc thesis in the lab of Prof. Roderich Süssmuth at TU Berlin. In his PhD project, he will now focus on enzymatic photocatalysis, working closely together with Prof. Thorsten Bach's group. Welcome, Benedikt! We wish you a good start at TUM!
We have moved into our new labs!
This week our group moved into beautiful new labs in the Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA)!
No April fool: We are joining SFB1035!
The DFG has accepted our project proposal and we are now part of the collaborative research center SFB1035 (Control of protein function by conformational switching)!
Lisa starts her M.Sc. thesis
We welcome Lisa Klimper to the team. She joins us for her M.Sc. thesis. Lisa is studying Biochemistry at TUM and will spend the next 6 months in our group. Her project focuses on copper-binding de novo proteins, which we want to turn into novel enzymes.
A week of protein production
Helena Singer from LMU has visited our lab this week. She is a PhD student in the group of our collaboration partner Prof. Lena Daumann. In her PhD project, she focuses on the exciting biochemistry of the f-block elements, whose role in biology is not yet fully understood. During her visit, Helena produced and purified some of our metal-binding de novo proteins together with Carolin and will soon analyze them in more detail.
Our review in "Protein Engineering, Design & Selection" is online!
The article "Design and engineering of artificial metalloproteins: from de novo metal coordination to catalysis" is freely available here ! We discuss challanges and recent success stories of metalloprotein design...
Flo starts his PhD in the Zeymer group
We welcome Florian Leiß-Maier to the team. He is the first PhD student of the Zeymer group at TUM. Flo studied Biochemistry at TUM and completed his M.Sc. thesis in the lab of Prof. Kathrin Lang. In his PhD project, he aims to develop artificial metalloenzymes based on de novo designed protein scaffolds.
Many thanks to the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding this work!
Flo, we wish you fun and success with your work! Welcome to the group!
The new year has just begun and we are pleased to welcome our next student for a research project. Even in Corona times we make it possible to train students in the lab, while following all the rules, of course. For the next 8 weeks, biochemistry student Christina Horstmann will support Andreas in our adventures with enzymes. She will follow up on the results of our last two project students and hopefully learn a lot about enzymology and organic synthesis.
Thieme Chemistry Journals Award 2021
Cathleen receives the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award 2021! We are very happy about this recognition and congratulate all other awardees.
The first Zeymer lab publication
The first publication of the Zeymer group is now available online. In collaboration with the group of David Baker (Insitute of Protein Design, Seattle), we built a de novo metalloprotein that binds lanthanides with very high affinity. The symmetric de novo TIM barrel protein has a large internal cavity, which makes it an amazing scaffold to engineer novel enzymes! We started this work at ETH Zurich and now continue it here at TUM.
Laura Eck, a TUM chemistry student, started her lab rotation with us this week. We are very excited that she will support our work in the field of biocatalysis with metalloenzymes in the coming weeks.
Dear Laura, we would like to welcome you and wish you an enjoyable and successful time!
Our first student
Chemistry student Anita Schiller is joining us for a lab rotation and we have thus started our teaching activities! In her project, Anita will support our postdoc Andreas in his research on enzymatic photocatalysis, bringing some light into the dark autumn and winter weeks.
We wish her an exciting and successful time in our group!
Our postdoc Andreas has now also moved from Zurich to Munich. Good timing, because this way he could immediately follow the installation of the brand new UHPLC. Welcome to the TUM, Andreas!
It looks like Christmas
Packages everywhere... The first shipments of laboratory equipment have arrived! Now we can start unpacking and setting up the laboratory. Our lab technician Caro is helping Cathleen a lot.