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2020 News and Events



  • Happy New Year 2020!
  • Min-Ju Seo joined the lab as postdoctoral fellow to work on the design of new biocatalytic materials and systems.
  • Claudia hosted a German Feuerzangenbowle for the lab.


2019 News and Events




  • Claudia gave a lecture at the Terpnet meeting on  "Exploring the sesquiterpenoid biosynthetic space in Basidiomycota"
  • Kelly Wallin and Claudia instructed a lab module on synthetic biology tools at the UMN Itasca Biological Research Station


  • Ruijie Zhang joins the lab as postdoctoral fellow to work on strain engineering and engineering of new types of biocatalytic materials
  • Claudia gave a lecture "Functional Biomaterials for Biocatalysis" at the annual SIMB meeting in Wahsington DC
  • Claudia gave a key note lecture "From Biosynthesis to Functional Biomaterials" at the 2019 BioTrans meeting in Groningen, NL.
  • Guoqiang Zhang's and Timothy Johnston's manuscript "Developing a protein scaffolding system for rapid enzyme immobilization and optimization of enzyme functions for biocatalysis" published in ACS Synth. Biol. (


  • Claudia, Co-PI Al Aksan and postdoc Sunyoung Kang presented research results at the DARPA Engineered Living Materials PI meeting


  • Timothy Johnston graduated and will begin his Postbaccalaureate training at the NIH
  • Azion White received MSROP and UROP fellowships to conduct summer research under the guidance of Francois
  • Grayson Wawrzyn, 13' PhD Lab alumn, returned to campus as invited speaker at the NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant Symposium


  • Two new team members will be joining the lab
  • Funding of a new project on engineering living materials for biocatalysis together with the Wackett and Aksan groups


  • Sarah Bloch, '14 PhD Lab alumn, was featured in a CBS Blog
  • Anaya Pokhrel joins the lab as postdoctoral fellow. He will be working on strain engineering tasks.
  • Research Assistant Professor Maureen Quin leaves the lab to begin a new journey in industry as Senior Development Scientist at Beckman Coulter.
  • New postdoc ads have been posted - we are looking for 2-3 new postdoc for several new synthetic biology projects in the area of programmable functional protein nanomaterials


  • Postdoc Seung-oh Seoh (SOS) starts his faculty position as Assistant Professor at the Catholic University in Seol, Korea.
  • Sara Bratsch joins our team as postdoctoral fellow to work on biomaterials and strain engineering. 
  • Methods Enzymology Volume on Supramolecular Assemblies and Metabolons edited by Claudia and Maureen is published.
  • "A path less taken" - the Schmidt-Dannert lab received philantropic funding for the desing of innovative, genetically programmable materials
  • Postdoc Guoqiang Zhang arrives at Jiangnan University to start his new position as Associate Professor.
  • Claudia's and Fernando Lopez-Gallego's review on "Advances and opportunities for the design of self-sufficient and spatially organized cell-free biocatalytic systems" in Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. In Press.
  • Chris Flynn's manuscript on the characterization of the Fusarium terpenome accepted for publication in Fungal Biology.