Microbial Drugs

The majority of the medically important antibiotic drugs are derived from secondary metabolites, which are produced by bacteria and filamentous fungi. Despite intensive world-wide efforts using alternative approaches, no other concept could so far surpass the historically successful strategy to exploit biologically active natural products as candidates for anti-infective drugs. The recently observed, increasing resistance of the human pathogens against antibiotics has prompted us to intensify our search for novel lead structures from microorganisms and fungi, which can be used as anti-infective drugs.

Leader

Team

Dr Frank Surup

Scientist

Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

07/2010-present   
Research associate at the research groups of Prof. Müller & Stadler Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

03/2008-03/2010   
Research associate at the research group of Prof. Clardy Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

08/2007-01/2008   
Research associate at the research group of Prof. Grond/Zeeck Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany


EDUCATION:


2004-2007
Graduate student (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Göttingen, Chair of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

7/2007   
Rigorosum

5/2007   
Dissertation “Metagenom-Technologie zur Wirkstoffsuche sowie Untersuchungen der Iromycine aus Streptomyces sp.“, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Zeeck / Dr. Stephanie Grond

1999-2004   
Studies in chemistry at the University of Göttingen

01/2004   
Diplom in Organic Chemistry “Biosynthesestudien zu den Iromycinen mit Streptomyces sp. Dra17 “ Advisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Zeeck / Dr. Stephanie Grond

10/2001   
Vordiplom in Chemistry    
    
1998-1999
Military service in German army

06/1998       
Abitur


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Isolation, structure elucidation and derivatisation of natural products

Mycology

Natural Product Chemistry

Fermentation

Microbial Strain Collection

Guests and former members

Over the past years, our department has become a training centre for young researchers who came to the HZI from all over Germany, Europe and other continents.

Former PhD students (including guests; if they graduated abroad or at other German research facilities, the universities/institutes where they were working are listed)

Dr. Kevin Becker

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Dr. Samad Ashrafi (JKI Braunschweig)

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Dr. Amelie Glemser

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amelie-Glemser

Dr. Lilibeth Chaverra-Munoz

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Dr. Tian Cheng

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Dr. Clara Chepkirui

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Dr. Boontiya Chuankind (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dinushani Anupama Daranagama

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Sandra Halecker

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Dr. Khadija Hassan

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Sae Kanaki (former BSc student)

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Dr. Sarunpron Khruengsai (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr. Wilawan Kuephadungphan (Prince of Songkla University, Thailand)

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Dr. Eric Kuhnert

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Dr. Sebastian Lopez-Fernandez

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Dr. Ausana Mapook (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr.  Lucky Mulwa

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Dana Nedder (former MSc student)

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Maira Michehl (former BSc student)

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Dr. Nico Mitschke (former MSc student)

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Dr. Abolfazl Narmani Kordlar

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Dr. Allen G. Niego (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr. Sarah Raouia Noumeur (Univ. Batna, Algeria)

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Dr. Pathompong Paomephan (Mahidol University, Thailand)

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Associate Prof. Dr. Chayanard Phukhamsakda (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Kunthida Gift Phutthacharoen

Dr. Mohammad Javad Pourmoghaddam

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Dr. Gian Primahana

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Dr. Monique Rascher

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Dr. Christian Richter

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Dr. Milan Samarakoon (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

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Dr. Zeljka Rupcic

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Dr. Lulu Shao

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Chutima Tanapichatsakul (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr. Esteban B. Sir (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

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Dr. Benjarong (Zine) Thongbai (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr. Naritsada Thongklang (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand)

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Dr. Lucile Wendt

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Former postdocs and guest PhD students (including researchers funded by AvH, DAAD and other grants)

Dr. Adela Cmokova

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Dr. Güner Ekiz

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Prof. Dr. Soleiman Helaly (†)

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Dr. Stephan Hüttel

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Dr. Lili Jia

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Prof. Dr. Allan Patrick Macabeo

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Dr. Ashaimaa Y. Moussa

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Dr. Kathrin I. Mohr

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M.Sc. Chitwadee Phithakrotchanakoon

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Dr. Sara Rodrigo

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Dr. Enge Sudarman

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Prof. Dr. Rémy Bertrand Teponno

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Dr. Vincent Wiebach

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Dr. Kathrin Wittstein

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Former technical staff

Burkhard Ebert

Simone Heitkämper

Christel Kakoschke

Kerstin Schobert

Romy Vogel

Philine Wotsch

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