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ERC Starting Grants for Dörte Rother and Julia Frunzke
Jülich, 5 September – The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded funding in form of Starting Grants to three young scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Two of the renowned research prizes go to Jun.-Prof. Julia Frunzke and Jun.-Prof. Dörte Rother of the IBG-1: Biotechnology. The early-career scientists will each receive up to € 1.5 million funding over the next five years to conduct fundamental research in their own research teams.
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Jülich Biotech Day 2017 - 40 years of biotechnology in Jülich

Thursday to Friday, September 28 to 29, 2017

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IBG-1 – an interdisciplinary team

Biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form an interdisciplinary team with a common aim: the use of microorganisms or isolated enzymes for the synthesis of bio-products from renewable carbon sources.

Exploiting the natural capabilities of microorganisms

For thousands of years mankind has employed the metabolism of microorganisms, e.g. for the making of bread, cheese, wine, or beer. However, the enormous potential of microorganisms and enzymes for the synthesis of new bio-products, such as basic or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and proteins, from renewables is exploited only to a small extent currently.

Sustainable products and processes

Research at IBG-1 aims at a detailed molecular understanding of microorganisms and enzymes which are used as biocatalysts and includes approaches of systems biology and synthetic biology. The resulting knowledge and technologies are used for the development of novel resource-efficient and sustainable bio-processes, thereby reducing our dependency on fossil carbon sources, in particular crude oil.