Cathleen Kmezik

PhD student

Cathleen works as PhD student in the Division of Industrial Biotechnology and focusses on the creation of highly efficient plant biomass degrading bacteria for the production of short-chain fatty acids. Members of the phylum Bacteroidetes serve as platform for her project and are genetically tailored to possess both: the extensive enzymatic machinery necessary to degrade plant biomass and efficient metabolic pathways for the production of industrially important products like succinate. This project aims to offer a sustainable alternative to classical industrial production processes which rely on fossil fuels.

Published: Fri 17 Feb 2017.