Welcome to the RTG 2341
Microbial Substrate Conversion

Microbes dominate our planet. This enormous success is reflected in the versatility in primary and secondary metabolism that allows the acclimation of microorganisms to various ecological niches. Many of the responsible enzymes and pathways are not only of fundamental interest for basic research, but also attractive for biotechnological and medical applications.

The Research Training Group “Microbial substrate conversion (MiCon)” aims at understanding the mechanistic principles of microbial metabolic processes at the molecular level. The enzymes and pathways under investigation are involved in the synthesis of small molecules like hydrogen, the biosynthesis, modification and degradation of lipids, and the production of secondary metabolites.


September, 2019

MiCon Summer School finished

The first MiCon-organized Summer School was a complete success. We thank our many international guests and students for fruitful discussions and excellent contributions to the program. Special thanks to the organization committee (Kirstin Arend, Georgios Vasilopoulos, Anna Frank and Dennis Sander) for their help in preparing the conference and hosting our guests. More information and impressions can be found here.

August, 2019

Program available

The program flyer for the MiCon Summer School can be downloaded here

Confirmed speakers:

- Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer
- Prof. Dr. Matthias Rögner
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selin Kara
- Prof. Dr. Bettina Siebers
- Prof. Dr. Alexander Probst
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Streit
- Prof. Dr. Kira Weissman
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne
- Prof. Dr. Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel
- Dr. Alexander Pelzer

We are looking forward to welcome you to Bochum in September!

August, 2019

Summer School flyer and public Keynote Lecture invitation

The flyer for the first MiCon-organized Summer School is available now. Click here to download.

Join our public Keynote Lecture

"The power of fungi: How fungi shape biotechnology and our daily lifestyle"

by Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer (TU Berlin).

Date: 11.09.2019
Time: 16:30 - 17:30
Location: Blue Square, Kortumstraße 90, 44787 Bochum

Participation to the Keynote Lecture is free but please indicate your attendance to Simon Czolkoss.

July, 2019

1st MiCon Summer School

The first MiCon-organized Summer School will take place from 11 to 13 September 2019 at the Blue Square and the Veranstaltungszentrum.

Stay tuned for more information.

June, 2019

Workshop: in vitro Biocatalysis

Last week the MiCon PhD students had the opportunity to learn more about in vitro biocatalysis in a 2-day workshop organized by the Schulz lab. After two interesting talks by visiting Prof. Dr. Lorena Betancor and Prof. Dr. Frank Schulz, the students had the opportunity to learn more about woman careers in science.
On the second day, Marius and Sascha from the Schulz group introduced the students to a practical application of detecting biocatalysis products via HPLC-HRMS.

Thanks to everyone involved in organizing this workshop!

May, 2019

1st MiCon Student Retreat

From 25 to 27 of April, the MiCon students got together at the beautiful Open Sky House in Hitdorf close to the Rhine. On the first day, a visit to the Bayer Site offered a great opportunity for the students to learn more about one of the biggest employers of the region. The second day started with a soft-skill training by communication coach Kathrin Keune. Later, the PIs joined to listen to previously developed short presentations on the student's PhD projects. The day ended with a joint BBQ in the garden.

April, 2019

Workshop: Industrial Biotechnology

This week, the students participated at the Workshop "Industrial Biotechnology" organized by the Tischler lab. MiCon fellow Anna Lienkamp presented the newest results from her PhD studies "Biochemical characterization of glutathione S-transferases from Gordonia rubipertincta CWB2" in that context! During a coffee break, the students had the opportunity to approach the senior scientists and talk about career perspectives in industry and academia.

Thanks to everyone involved in organizing this workshop!

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April, 2019

Workshop: Protein purification with the ÄKTA system

A two-day workshop was offered to the MiCon PhD students on protein chromatography using the ÄKTA system. The workshop was supposed to teach the principles of protein purification as well as sample preparation, sample handling and programming using the UNICORN software. Later the students had the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice and got input for their own research.

Thanks to everyone involved in organizing this workshop!

January, 2019

Seminar plan

The seminar list for 2019 can be downloaded here

December, 2018

Season's greetings

Merry Christmas to all our MiCon friends! May 2019 be a successful and fruitful year for all of us.

November, 2018

MiCon Day - Welcome aboard!

On November 8, all MiCon students and principal investigators gathered for a first official meeting at the Ruhr University Bochum. To set the basis for many fruitful collaborations, the PIs gave presentations covering their own research fields to the consortium. The ombudsperson of the Ruhr University, Prof. Dr. med. Ulf Eysel, introduced the students to the rules of Good Scientific Practice. Later that day, a poster session was organized by the associated PhD students to introduce the young researchers to all MiCon-related research.

August, 2018

Green light for the DFG-funded RTG 2341: Microbial Substrate Conversion

The Research Training Group ‘Microbial Substrate Conversion’ intends to shed light on the conversion of substrates – the starting materials for catalysis – by microbial enzymes and in dependence on specific spatially and temporally variable reaction conditions. The researchers, from microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and neighboring fields, will work both in vitro and with living micro-organisms. (from DFG press release).

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Prof. Dr. Franz Narberhaus

Ruhr University Bochum
Microbial Biology
Room: ND 06/783
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Tel.: +49 234 32 23100


Dr. Simon Czolkoss

Ruhr University Bochum
Microbial Biology
Room: ND 06/786
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Tel.: +49 234 32 21750 micon@rub.de


Prof. Dr. Julia Bandow

Ruhr University Bochum
Applied Microbiology
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Room: ND 06/597
Tel.: +49 234 32 23102 julia.bandow@rub.de

Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe

Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Room: ND 2/169
Tel: +49 234 32 27026 thomas.happe@rub.de