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Institut für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik
Bereich II: Technische Biologie

Engler-Bunte-Ring 3
76131 Karlsruhe

Tel. +49 721 608-42124
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Gebäude 40.12

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Syldatk

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Syldatk

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Institut für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik
Bereich II: Technische Biologie
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Gebäude 40.12
Engler-Bunte-Ring 3
76131 Karlsruhe

Postadresse:
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe



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Curriculum Vitae

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)
1993 – 2004 Full Professor at the Institute of Biochemical Engineering of the University of Stuttgart (FRG) (Working area of Physiological Microbiology)
2000 Research stay monthes 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 8/2003 Full Professor at the Institute für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik, Chair of "Technical Biology" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe/FRG
2004 - 2008 Nomination as member of the DECHEMA-Commission “Techniques of Biological Processes”
Since 11/2008 Chairman of the newly formed joint commission “Biotransformation” of the DECHEMA and VAAM
2008 – 2010 Vice Dean for Education of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2010 - 2012 Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2010 Speaker of the  joint commission “Biotransformation” of the DECHEMA and VAAM
2012-2014 Vice Dean for Education of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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:

ca. 200 — of that 88 reported original papers and 18 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