Timeline

  • Recruitment. September 2020 – Dr Mengshu Hao joins the group as a post-doctoral scientist. She will work the Formas-funded enzyme discovery and biomaterials development project.

  • Recruitment. June 2020 – Hugo Hammar and Helena Andersson join the group for 6-week summer internships, learning to produce and purify recombinant proteins in E. coli, and continuing the Chitinophaga pinensis enzyme discovery work.

  • Career. 2020 – Became Docent in Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Recruitment. January 2020 – İrem Ergenlioğlu and Carl Rämgård join the group for their master’s theses (half year). They join the ongoing Chitinophaga pinensis enzyme discovery project.

  • Funding. December 2019 – Awarded 5M SEK from Energimyndigheten to engineer new thermo-stable enzymes for biomass processing. Project will run February 2020 till December 2024.

  • Funding. November 2019 – Awarded 3M SEK from Formas to develop new carbohydrate-based hydrogel materials for cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. Project will run from January 2020 till December 2023.

  • Recruitment. October 2019 – Rahele Panahabadi arrives as a visiting PhD student from Iran. She is comparing the cell walls of a wide range of rice ecotypes, for a genome-wide association study (GWAS).

  • Recruitment. September 2019 – Zijia Lu re-joins the group for her master’s thesis (full year). Zijia joins the ongoing Chitinophaga pinensis enzyme discovery project, and also studies how soil bacteria can protect plants from fungal diseases.

  • Teaching. August 2019 – teaching biorefinery theory and techniques to PhD students in the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre at a 4-day summer school entitled “Wood Materials Biorefinery, From Wood Chips to Material Components”, held near Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden.

  • Recruitment. June 2019 – Zijia Lu and Katharine King join the group for summer internships, learning to produce and purify recombinant proteins in E. coli. Anna Schönbichler also returns for a summer internship, to wrap up her Bacillus project.

  • Recruitment. January 2019 – Anna Schönbichler and Josefin Kask join the group for their master’s theses (half year). Anna investigates the use of a strain of Bacillus for biocontrol in agriculture. Josefin joins an ongoing enzyme discovery project, focussing on the bacterium Chitinophaga pinensis.

  • Recruitment. October 2018 – Dr Thomas Baumgarten joins the group as a post-doctoral scholar, to work on enzyme discovery and suberin valorisation for the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre-funded wood materials project.

  • Funding. November 2017 – Awarded 3.6 MSEK from Vetenskapsrådet for a new project aiming to use bacterial enzymes to protect plants from fungal disease. Project will run from January 2018 till December 2021.

  • Funding. October 2017 – Awarded 1 MSEK from the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre to investigate microbial biomass-modifying enzymes, in order to develop new wood-based monomers for materials production. The project will run from mid-2018 till mid-2020.

  • Funding. March 2017 – Awarded 100 kSEK from the Anna & Nils Håkansson Foundation to produce and characterise anti-fungal enzymes from soil bacteria, with potential plant protection properties.

  • Career. 2013 – Became a Researcher (Forskare) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Career. 2011 – Recruited as a post-doctoral scholar at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Education. 2011 – Achieved a PhD in carbohydrate enzymology from Newcastle University.

  • Education. 2007 – Achieved an MSc in Environmental Biogeochemistry from Newcastle University.

  • Education. 2006 – Achieved a BSc in Biochemistry from Newcastle University.