Daniel Christoph Volke Post-doctoral Researcher

Hi, I am Daniel! I am a post-doc in the SEM group working on expanding the synthetic biology toolbox for environmental bacteria and programming biofilm formation and dispersal in Pseudomonas putida for whole-cell biocatalysis.

About Me

I did my undergraduate school and master studies in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). There I got in contact with metabolic engineering and synthetic biology and started to fall in love with these disciplines. I then moved to Aachen, Germany, to pursue a metabolic engineering project during my Ph.D. studies on efficient production of terpenoids via the methylerythritol 4-phosphate pathway. Doing my Ph.D. at the RWTH Aachen, while working for the Fraunhofer Institute, gave me the opportunity to experience not only the academic, but also the industrial side of Biotechnology. I have mainly focused on metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli assisted by targeted proteomics and metabolomics. I moved to Denmark in 2017 to join the SEM group, where I work on (i) targeted metabolic manipulations of P. putida via novel synthetic biology tools and (ii) trying to use our favorite bug’s unique properties for bioproduction in alternative cultivation setups.