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Head of Department

Gruppenfoto SyncellJune 2019

Prof. Dr. Jan Marienhagen
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-1: Biotechnology
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich

We want to contribute to the understanding of bacterial metabolism and are interested in expanding the biosynthetic capabilities of microorganisms for applied purposes.

We focus on the engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum for the sustainable production of value-added small molecules such as natural products, fine chemicals or pharmaceutical building blocks from biomass and other waste streams rich in carbon and energy.

In addition, we are developing new molecular tools for the editing of bacterial genomes and the high-throughput screening of metabolite producing bacteria at the single cell level using biosensors and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS).

Former head of group

Dr. Lothar Eggeling


News and Highlights

December 2020Hannah joins the group for her Masters´s thesis. Welcome!
October 2020Christiane´s manuscript on the unified biosensor design was accepted by Metabolic Engineering Communications and is already online: Congratulations!
September 2020
“Engineering and application of a biosensor with focused ligand specificity” now online: