Cillin Mac Donnchadha (MSc, 2009), LEO Pharma, Dublin, IE
Dr. Elaine O’Reilly (PhD, 2010), Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr. Gabriele Gucciardo (PhD, 2010), Team Leader, Almac Group, Northern Ireland, UK
Dr. Sabrina Devereux (PhD, 2010), Project Manager, Horizon Pharma Ireland, IE
Dr. Leanne Timpson (PhD, 2011), Novozymes, Nottingham, UK
Dr. Daniela Quaglia (PhD, 2012), Post Doctoral Researcher, Université de Montréal, Canada
Dr. Philip Conway (PhD, 2012), Technical Development Chemist, GSK, Cork, IE
Dr. Lara Pes (PhD, 2013), Post Doctoral Researcher, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, USA
Dr. Keith Robertson (PhD, 2013), Technical Development Chemist, GSK, Cork, IE
Dr. Diya Alsafadi (PhD, 2013), Researcher, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (PhD, 2015), Post Doctoral Researcher, University College Dublin, IE
Dr. Anita Wester (PhD, 2016), Post Doctoral Researcher, Københavns Universiter, DK
Dr. Matteo Planchestainer (PhD, 2017), Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Bern, CH
Dr. Larah Bruen (PhD, 2018) Technical Support Scientist at Abbott Diagnostics Division, Longford
Dr. David Roura Padrosa (PhD, 2019), Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Bern, CH
Dr. Eimear Hegarty (PhD, 2019), Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Bern, CH
Dr. Nourah Almulhim (PhD, 2021), Lecturer at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Lidia Delgado (PhD, 2021), Further development, Granada, Spain
Dr. Christian Heckmann (PhD, 2021), Post Doctoral Researcher, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Calvin Klein (MSc, 2021), PhD University of Bern, CH
Moritz Dieffenbacher (MSc, 2021), Pharmacy qualification, Bern, CH
Jérémie Reusser (MSc, 2022), PhD University of Bern, CH
Dr. Valentina Marchini (PhD, 2022), Researcher InSeit, CH
Nik Lüpold (MSc, 2023), University of Bern, CH
Sofia Hutter (MSc, 2023), University of Bern, CH
Sabrina De Lorenzo (MSc, 2023), University of Bern, CH
I come from Girona, where I did my Bachelor and Master studies in Molecular Biology. It was during that time that I became fascinated by the broad diversity of roles proteins have in living organisms. Following that passion, I moved to Nottingham with Prof. Paradisi, where I started my journey in applied biocatalysis. Outside the lab, I enjoy watching movies, specially those with inspiration from comic books!
I am now a post-doc in Bern, focused on the application of new and better immobilized enzymes in collaborative projects with industrial partners. In addition, bioinformatics has become one of my passions, dedicating my time to create new and improved bioinformatic tools for specific applications in biocatalysis.
I completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2001. From 2001 to 2004 I went on to obtain a PhD in Polymer/Organometallic Chemistry under the joint supervision of Professors David Sherrington and Robert Mulvey. I then took up a one year postdoctoral position in Strathclyde working on the applications of zinc compounds for functionalisation of organic molecules. I then moved to industry working as a scientist in the design of pigments and inks at Ciba/BASF until 2009. I subsequently took a senior scientist position in Controlled Therapeutics (Glasgow, UK) where I applied my knowledge in polymer chemistry to design and synthesise PEG based polyurethanes for medical device applications. In 2012, I joined the team at Ocutec (Bellshill, UK) where I focussed on PEG based contact lens technology, project managing, designing and developing material formulations for both the PEG and silicone-PEG based contact lenses.
After moving to Bern, Switzerland in 2019 I first joined the Paradisi lab at the University of Bern as a visiting researcher and since January 2021 I have taken up the position as Laboratory Manager.
I come from Eraclea, a village near the sea in the province of Venice. In 2017, I was awarded a Master Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Trieste (IT). After one year working as a pharmacist, I decided to join the Paradisi lab at the University of Nottingham. Soon after, I moved to Bern with all the group. During these four years of phD studies, my interest in biocatalysis and sustainability grew a lot. That is why I chose to join the startup InSEIT, right after obtaining the phD. In my leisure time, I really enjoy painting, cooking, and playing the guitar. I also love watching Japanese animation (anime).
I am currently working as Project Manager at InSEIT and as Research Associate in the Paradisi Research group.
After my MSc in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology in the University of Seville, I moved to the Basque Country to do the PhD in Synthetic Biology and Industrial Chemistry. Since I am keen on biocatalysis, I joined Paradisi group to continue learning about green biochemistry. Apart from science, I am a chocolate lover and I enjoy travelling and hiking.
Pipecolic acid is a key pharmaceutical intermediate and more efficient strategies for its production are desirable. In my current research project, we develop a self-sufficient biocatalyst which is integrated in a flow reactor to perform a completely sustainable synthetic process.
I am from Athens, Greece, where I also completed my undergraduate studies in Chemistry in 2012. I then participated in a EU-funded Erasmus+ traineeship program as a research intern at the University of Cyprus with Prof. Koutentis, focusing on the organic synthesis of Canthin-4-one alkaloids.
Following that, in 2017 I moved to Heriot-Watt University (Scotland, UK) to pursue a PhD, focusing on the development of photoactive materials for ROS generation enabled by mechanochemistry and flow chemistry techniques. In 2022, I moved to Bern to start my postdoc at the Paradisi group.
Besides chemistry, I enjoy listening to 80s music, going scuba diving, and motorbike trips.
I hail from the land of Kiwis and Hobbits with a Ph. D in Biochemistry from the University of Canterbury, NZ. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Basel, I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern in the Paradisi group. In my spare time, I am very passionate about playing guitar and am also into long-distance cycling.
I studied biochemistry in Regensburg where I also obtained my PhD. My work there focused on protein design and enzyme evolution. In an effort to expand my skill set and to find practical applications for my biochemical knowledge, I joined the group of Prof. Paradisi in Bern. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and shooting.
Ene-reductases are a diverse group of enzymes from multiple enzyme families with tremendous potential for industrial biocatalysis. Applying immobilization strategies to this auspicious set of enzymes might yield more productive and robust catalysts for the production of valuable chemicals.
I graduated from the University of Milan in 2019 with a MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, I won a scholarship for the Erasmus placement which gave me the opportunity to know the Paradisi group in Nottingham. I joined the group as a PhD student in Bern. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, drawing and visiting new places.
I am half Spanish, half Dutch and I started my PhD at the University of Bern after receiving my MSci in Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg as well as a double degree between the ECPM (Ecole Européene de Chimie Polymères et Matériaux de Strasbourg) and the Autonomous University of Madrid in the field of Chemical Engineering in 2020. In my free time I enjoy doing sport such as climbing, ice hockey and windsurfing, but also hanging out with friends and discovering new places and cultures.
The goal of my research is to explore further reactions which could be performed with an AcT mutant enzyme previously developed by the group.
I am starting my PhD at the University of Bern after receiving my MSci in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2020. Outside the lab I enjoy watching and playing sport, gaming and most of all sinking a few pints at the pub.
The focus of my research is to successfully synthesise the universal O blood antigen from other blood types, in order to work closely with the transfusion department of Bern hospital. This will be achieved by utilising my chemical knowledge to synthesise the sugar components and then working closely with colleagues to aid me with the biochemical aspect.
I hold a Bachelor in Biotechnology and a MSc in Agri-Food Technology and Industrial Biofermentations from the University of Ferrara, with a Master Thesis in Freiburg im Br. (DE) from the Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry dept. in the field of biocatalysis. After working for Nestlé for few years, I decided to move back to Accademia in order to do a PhD in the same field. In my spare time I love to do a lot of sport (Volley player since the age of 6), listen to old music and reading good books. I am also passionate about cooking and supporting a “green” life style.
In April 2020 I joined the Paradisi group to start a PhD at the interface of biocatalysis and medicine. The possibility of using enzymes to modify specific blood antigens is explored in this project to increase the availability in the supply of universal blood donor. Enzyme engineering and novel immobilization strategy are core technologies of my PhD.
After my Bachelor in Biochemistry at the University of Geneva, I decided to pursue my studies at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with a Master in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, which I obtained in 2019. After working for a few months in the pharmaceutical industry, I joined the Paradisi group as PhD. Student in 2020.
Outside the lab, I enjoy hiking both in the summer (trek, bivouac) and in the winter (ski, snowboard, ski hiking), having aperos and dinners with my friends, going to concerts, and spending time with my family. I also play guitar and I sing.
Being passionate about Biotechnology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, working at the boundary between Biocatalysis and Flow chemistry represents a great challenge and an amazing opportunity. I am particularly interested in the modification of enzymes for the design of efficient, sustainable and intensified continuous catalytic bioprocesses.
After my bachelor’s degree in Medical Biotechnology, in December 2022 I obtained my master’s degree in Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products at the University of Milan. During my studies I became fascinated by the field of structural bioinformatics and the idea of proteins as versatile tools for the generation of innovative products. In my master’s thesis project I investigated, exclusively using in silico methods, the relationship between protein structure and sensitivity to toxic proteins. In my spare time I like reading books, knitting and dancing.
In March 2023 I joined the group as a PhD student. My research, which lies at the intersection of biotechnology, bioinformatics and chemical engineering, is focused on the development of innovative biocatalysts for sustainable and efficient synthetic processes.
After finishing the Bachelor in Biochemistry at the University of Fribourg, I moved to Bern for the Master in Molecular Biology with specialization in Chemical Biology and finally, I stayed to pursue a PhD degree. I am passionate about cinema and informatics and in my spare time I enjoy playing music.
My reasearch area is the interface between organometallic catalysis and biocatalysis, with a specific focus on investigating the potential of an Iridium PYE complex to function as a NADH mimic.
After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, I joined the Paradisi group as a master student in October 2022 to learn more about enzymes and their applications in biocatalysis. Besides my keen interest in biochemistry, I like to do orienteering and other outdoor sports such as running and hiking. Additionally, I enjoy listening to the music, cooking (and eating) vegetarian food and discovering new places.
After finishing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Fribourg in 2023 I joined the Paradisi group as a master student in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences where I was drawn towards biocatalysis, a field that would allow me to explore the biochemical aspect of enzyme mediated reactions. In my free time I enjoy cooking, doing all kinds of sports and, above all, spending time with my friends.
My research is focused on the sustainable production of astaxanthin, an industrial and therapeutical valuable pigment, from β-carotene using two enzymes, β-carotene hydroxylase and β-carotene ketolase.