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.