Inspired by Nature, I am engineering the core metabolic pathways of Pseudomonas putida to produce new-to-Nature long-chain fluorinated molecules.
I received my undergrad degree at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where I got inspired to work in Synthetic Biology. I went for my B.Sc. thesis to Stanford (USA) to join the laboratory of Drew Endy, where I worked on an integrase-dependent genetic switch. For my M.Sc. degree, I moved to Paris (Center for Interdisciplinarity, CRI) and focused on research in Systems and Synthetic Biology. As part of the iGEM team Paris-Bettencourt of the CRI, I participated in iGEM in 2013—and we were awarded the grand prize for our project. I moved once again to complete the M.Sc. thesis to California, joining the research group of Jay Keasling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, where I got acquainted with metabolic engineering and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I followed up with my Ph.D. in Marburg, Germany, at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in the group of Victor Sourjik. There, I continued working on manipulating the CoA ester pools and engineering multicellular networks in yeast and in bacteria, for which I received my Ph.D. in 2019. Besides my research, I co-founded and headed the German Association for Synthetic Biology—GASB, which aims to foster and build up the SynBio community in Germany and Europe. In 2020, I started as a post-doctoral fellow in Pablo's group. I will continue in this position in 2021 with the financial support of a NNF post-doctoral fellowship, and will engineer P. putida as a host to produce new-to-nature long-chain fluorinated molecules.