Research Group Microbial Biotechnology


Utilising CO2 from waste incineration as a recyclable material

Container modules should make it possible to reuse the greenhouse gas in a meaningful way. Bacteria play a key role in this.

© RUB, Kramer

How to Make Ubiquitous Plastics Biodegradable

Understanding the function of a specific bacterial enzyme has paved the way for the biotechnological degradation of styrene.

© RUB, Marquard

AI as an opportunity and challenge in biotechnology

Dirk Tischler calls for the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data to be anchored in university studies.

© RUB, Marquard

Enzyme for biocatalysis uses solvent as a substrate

A team from Bochum has discovered a new reaction that makes it possible to break difficult bonds. The biocatalyst is also stable in solution.

© RUB, Marquard

Utilising waste materials sustainably

A new joint project is converting waste water and biodiesel waste into recyclable materials.

© Fraunhofer UMSICHT

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Study Award for a New Building Block in the Drug Toolbox

Simon Schröder has worked out how enzymes can be used to more easily form the desired bond between two nitrogen atoms.

© Privat

Bronze for Bochum antibiotics detector

Eight students took part in a global competition. They have developed a genetically modified bacterial cell that detects and eliminates antibiotics in water. The idea was awarded a prize.

© Privat

Soil bacteria as biocatalysts

Researchers have clarified the molecular structure of an enzyme class, enabling them to use bacteria to produce prodrugs.

© Verena Resch / Innophore

Keep those enzymes busy

“Multidisciplinary, high-tech, innovative and internationally-minded” is how a postdoc from Lithuania sees Ruhr University after a two month stay in Bochum. A joint research project exceeded all his expectations.

© Privat

Step by step to the end product through enzyme catalysis

Enzymes from microorganisms can produce valuable chemical substances. In a cascade, they can do that even if they need different environmental conditions.

© RUB, Marquard

Funding for catalyst research

With a total of around 240,000 euros, the Mercator Research Center Ruhr is funding two cooperative projects between the RUB and its partners in the University Alliance Ruhr.

© RUB, Marquard

News feed

  • 2024 - Short talk within SynBYSS series hosted by Prof. Tae Seok Moon:
  • 2024 - Dirk Tischler was elected to the DECHEMA section Biotechnological Production Systems and Products
  • 2023 - this year's iGEM team is presented in BIOspektrum
  • 2023 - Simon Schröder has received the DECHEMA Student Award 2023 for his master thesis entitled "Expression and characterization of the piperacic acid synthase KtzT from Kutzneria sp. 744". The award was presented during the 14th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 7th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECCE/ECAB) in Berlin.
  • 2023 - An enthusiastic MBT Team enjoys the BioTrans Conference 2023 in La Rochelle, France
  • 2023 - Two awards for master students of our team: Heiner Weddeling was honored with the Wilke Award as the best graduate of the year 2022 for the master program in biochemistry. Nils Weindorf received the GBM Master Prize for his outstanding master thesis entitled Title: "Eugenol oxidases: sequence-activity-relationships for application in biocatalysis".
  • 2022 - Admission to the EU supported network COST Action CA21162 entitled „Establishing a Pan-European Network on Computational Redesign of Enzymes (COZYME)“
  • 2022 - Approval of the MERCUR cooperation grant „ Combinatorial expression systems for complex genes“, together with TU Dortmund, Laboratory of Bioprocess Engineering; contact: Dirk Tischler
  • 2022 - Approval of the project „BiodeCCodiNNg“ as EU supported doctoral network together with international partner universities and industries; contact: Dirk Tischler
  • 2022 - Dirk Tischler presented a lecture at the Göttingen Microbiology Colloquium on “Actinobacteria, metabolic power and flexibility”
  • 2022 - Our team was presenting at the BioCat22 in Hamburg. Congrats to Daniel Eggerichs for receiving one of the Poster Awards!
  • 2022 - Anna C. Ngo has successfully defended her doctoral thesis
  • 2022 - our iGEM Team 2022 is presented in the trade press
  • 2021 - Approval of the project „CleanWater“ as a BMWi supported project together with IDS Miesbach GmbH and DIMATEC Analysentechnik GmbH; contact: Dirk Tischler
  • 2021 - our first iGEM Team receives a gold medal for their project and is portrayed on TV
  • 2021 - Approval of the project „EnzymPrint“ as a BMWi supported project together with Hirsch Engineering Solutions GmbH & Co. KG; contact: Dirk Tischler
  • 2020 - Antje Kumpf has successfully defended her doctoral thesis
  • 2020 - Dirk Tischler was announced as Counry Ambassador for the American Society for Microbiology to Germany
  • 2020 - Dirk Tischler was elected into the Board of the common specialist group "Biotransformations" of DECHEMA and VAAM
  • 2020 - Group participated at the VAAM meeting in Leipzig, Antje and Marika had poster pitch and short presentation
  • 2020 - Marika presented her work on Siderophores at the VAAM Leipzig
  • 2019 - Approval of MERCUR Starting Grant „Functionalization of bacterial metabolites from the degradation of aromatic compounds: Glutathione S-Transferases“; contact: Dirk Tischler
  • 2018 - Successful approval of the BioCOnversion project; contact: Carolin Mügge
  • 2018 - Annual Conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology in Wolfsburg

29.01.2024 Fabian Schultes as successfully defended his doctoral thesis

13.10.2023 Daniel Eggerichs has successfully defended his doctoral thesis

29.10.2022 Anna C. Lienkamp has successfully defended her doctoral thesis


Professor Dr. Dirk Tischler
NDEF 06/748
Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44780 Bochum
+49 234 32 22656

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