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“ (http://thiamine-diversity.uni-freiburg.de/index.php), 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.