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Poster award for Robert Westphal

Robert Westphal was awarded with one of five poster prices for his poster „Engineering Stereoselectivity of MenD from Escherichia coli: Access to new functionalized chiral (S)-2-hydroxy ketones“ on the Biocat 2012 in Hamburg (Germany).

Robert Westphal’s project is part of the research group „Diversity of Asymmetric Thiamine Catalysis“ (, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project studies factors influencing the stereoselectivity of thiamine-diphosphate dependent enzymes. The carboligation activity of these enzymes is important to produce building blocks e.g. for pharmaceuticals.