Congrats to Vuk Vuković on successfully defending his thesis! He is the fourth PhD student to graduate from the group. After throwing a big party with friends from all over Europe, he will return to the lab for three months before heading off to his next adventure. Special thanks to jury members Prof. Vincent Gandon, Prof. Sébastien Thibaudeau and Dr. Joanna Wencel-Delord.
ProtoMet (acronym of the project “Protometabolic pathways: exploring the chemical roots of systems biology” funded by European Union through the European Training Network H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (ITN) – GA n. 813873) will offer the opportunity to motivated international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to address the tremendous challenge of understanding how prebiotic chemistry gave rise to life by training a new generation of scientists to think big, but also to work methodically and logically alongside colleagues from academia and industry.
The goal of the project led by the University of Strasbourg (ESR2) is to identify potential catalytic feedback effects resulting from the products of a primitive metabolism. For instance, can short peptides, which are made from amino acids, enable ligand-accelerated catalysis in reactions that produce amino acids, such as in the metal-catalysed transamination of ketoacids? Can chirality be transmitted from peptide to amino acid, and if so, does this transmission exhibit non-linearity? These investigations will shed light on how a primitive metabolism can self-complexify before the onset of Darwinian evolution and may also provide insight into the origin of biological homochirality.
Your background: A master degree / level in chemistry. Possessing at least the B2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in English.
How to Apply
Send detailed CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning “Protomet PhD recruitment” in the subject. The deadline for application is January, 15th 2018.
Jing Yi has joined the group as a PhD student, funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. She is the lone member of the group’s fifth incoming class of PhD students. Welcome back, Jing!
A warm welcome to new postdoctoral fellow Jan Gorges, who comes to from Uli Kazmaier’s group at Saarland University, where he worked on the total synthesis of natural products. Welcome, Jan!
Congrats to Dr. Kamila Muchowska for winning the People’s Choice award for Best Talk at the Polonium Foundation meeting “Science: Polish Perspectives 2018” in Berlin! Her talk described her recent advances in understanding the origins of biological metabolism. This is Kamila’s second “best talk” award in the part three months.
Congrats to Sreejith Varma on successfully defending his thesis! He is the third PhD student to graduate from the group. After a trip back to India, he will return to the lab for two months before heading off to a postdoc position at Charité Hospital in Berlin. Special thanks to jury members Prof. Marie-Christine Maurel, Dr. Cornelia Meinert and Prof. Peter Faller.
Joseph was a panelist in an ACS webinar organized by C&EN to predict the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Great fun with co-panelists Neil Garg (UCLA), Nicole Gaudelli (Beam), Lauren Wolf and Carmen Drahl (C&EN). Watch here and check back October 3 to find out whether any of the panelists got it right!
Congrats to Lucas Lethuillier for winning the prize for best poster at the REGIO Symposium in the Black Forest of Germany. Lucas’ poster was on the application of vibrational strong coupling to control selectivity in organic synthesis.
Congrats to Dr. Kamila Muchowska for winning the EuChemS oral communication prize at the 9th Barrande-Vitava French-Czech meeting! Her talk described her recent advances in understanding the origins of biological metabolism. Way to go, Kamila!
Joseph has been selected by Chemical & Engineering News for the 2018 edition of the Talented 12. This is an award for chemists worldwide under the age of 40. He will give a talk at the Talented 12 Symposium at the ACS meeting in Boston on August 20. Check out the C&EN writeup. Also check out related highlights in French here.