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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Syldatk

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Institutsleiter Christoph Syldatk

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Institut für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik
Teilinstitut 2: Technische Biologie
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Gebäude 30.43
Fritz-Haber-Weg 4
76131 Karlsruhe

Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe


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Prof. Dr. Christoph Syldatk


 Curriculum Vitae       Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Syldatk
 1956 Born in Hildesheim (FRG)
 1962 - 1966 Elementary school in Bad Salzdetfurth (FRG)
 1966 - 1974

Secondary school in Hildesheim (FRG)

 1974 A-levels - certificate "with honour"
 1974 - 1976 Military service in Hamburg and Oldenburg
 1976 - 1981 Study of Biology at the Technical University of Braunschweig (FRG)
 1981 - 1984 Ph.D.-thesis on production and characterization of microbial biosurfactants in the group of Prof. Dr. Fritz Wagner; scientific co-worker at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the TU Braunschweig (FRG)
 1985 - 1990 Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the TU Braunschweig (FRG) and head of the newly formed research group "Regio- and stereoselective bioconversions"; research on bioconversions of cyclic amides (cooperation with Prof. Dr. Fritz Wagner and Prof. Dr. Karsten Krohn) and of silicon organic compounds (cooperation with Prof. Dr. Reinhold Tacke)
 1989 Research stay at the Agricultural University in Wageningen (NL) in the group "Industrial Microbiology" of Prof. Dr. i.r. Jan de Bont (Industrial Microbiology); research on epoxide degrading enzymes
 1990 Habilitation on the topic "Microbial hydantoin metabolism"  
 1990 - 1991 Lecturer at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the TU Braunschweig (FRG)
 1991 - 1993 Heisenberg scholarship of the German Science Foundation (DFG)  
 Since 1993 Full Professor at the Institute of Biochemical Engineering of the University of Stuttgart (FRG) (Working area of Physiological Microbiology, technically orientated)
 2000 Research stay at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) (UK) in the group "Microbial Technology" of Prof. Dr. Alan T. Bull; research on nitrile degrading microorganisms
 Since 2003

Head of the new chair of "Technical Biology" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH)

Memberships in vocational societies:
DECHEMA (German Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology)
VAAM (German Society for General and Applied Microbiology)
DGF (German Society for Fat Sciences)

Special activities:
Since 3/1996  Co-chairman of the VAAM-Working Group "Microbial Biotransformations"
Since 7/1996  Member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Letters
Since 3/1999  Nominated by the DECHEMA as German Delegate for the EFB-Working party "Education"
1996 -1999     Chairman of the BMBF-joint-project "A cascade of enzymes for production of non-proteinogenic L-amino acids"
1999 - 2000    Member of the DECHEMA-Ad-Hoc-Commission "Recommendations for the Education in Biotechnology in Germany"
Since 2/2004  Member of the DECHEMA-Working Party “Techniques of Biological Processes”

Number of publications:
185 - of that >65 reported original papers and >15 patents

Research areas of interest:
Screening for new biocatalysts, bioreactor cultivation of microorganisms, immobilization of whole cells and isolated enzymes, enzyme technology, down stream processing, cyclic amidases, biosurfactants