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Prof. Dr. Nediljko Budisa


Prof. Dr. Nediljko Budisa

Name: Nediljko Budisa
Date of birth: 21. November 1966
Place of birth: Sibenik, Croatia
Nationality: Croatian
Family status: married, two sons

Education and Scientific  Degrees
2001 - 2005             
Habilitation in Biochemistry, Technical University Munich.
1993 - 1997
PhD (summa cum laude) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. R. Huber at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.
1989 - 1993
MSc in Molecular Biology and Molecular Biophysics, Zagreb University.
1986 - 1990
BSc Teacher Training in Chemistry and Biology, Zagreb University.
Research Experience and Employment History
2010 - to date
Full Professor and Chair of Biocatalysis at the Institute of Chemistry, Technical University Berlin. 
2006 - 2010                                   
Lecturer in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in "Chemical Protein Engineering" at the Technical University Munich.
2005 - 2010
Head of Independent Junior Research Group "Molecular Biotechnology" at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.
2001 - 2005
Assistant member and group leader in the field of protein engineering at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.
Founding of the company Proteros Biostructures GmbH.
1997 - 1999
Research Associate in the Department of Structural Research (R. Huber) at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich.
Awards and Activities in the Scientific Community
One of the founders and leading figures in the field of Xenobiology.
Founder of the first Berlin synthetic biology iGEM team (Gold medal 2014).
Editorial Advisory Board of the SynBio-Journal "Symplectic Biology".
Member of the ERA-Net ERASynBio Advisory Board.
Member of the BBAW "Gentechnologiebericht" research group for Synthetic Biology.
Member of the COST Network.
Member of the Steering Committee of the Max-Planck Society of Synthetic Biology.
Member of the "Synthetic and Systems Biology" research group of DECHEMA, Frankfurt; Strategic Advisory Board Member (since 2012).
Member of the excellence cluster CIPSM of the Ludwig Maximilian Universität / Technischen Universität München (2007 – 2010).
Reviewer and Advisior for BMBF, EU-FP7, DFG, NSF, MRC and various peer-reviewed scientific journals.
BioFuture Award of German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF).
Examiner of the Graduate School IMPRS at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich.
Founder and Member of the German Society for Proteome Research.
BioRegio Award for start-up biotech company "Proteros Biostructures" in Martinsried.
Research interests and scientific achievements
Main achievement:
One of the founders and pioneer of the research field of genetic code engineering.
Main vision:
Genome-wide redesign of the standard genetic code as the most promising route to change and expand the fundamental chemistry of life (i.e. to create synthetic life).
Main research goal:
To change the genetic code experimentally.
Scientific interests:
Synthetic Biology & Xenobiology; Bioorthogonal Chemistries; De novo protein and proteome design by combining directed enzyme evolution; Metabolic engineering; Synthetic chemistry and classical genetics (strain engineering and evolution); Engineering of the genetic code and protein synthesis apparatus; Protein stability, folding and design.
Multi-Disciplinary Activities
Various written contributions and book reviews as well as active organization of interdisciplinary workshops on the topic synthetic biology and artificial life.
„Was ist Leben?“, Leopoldina, 2011.
Visions of Synthetic Biology, Bremen, 2012.

„Synthetische Biologie im Dialog“, Marburg, 2013.
Summer School "Analyzing the Societal Dimensions of Synthetic Biology“, organized by the European Academy of Technology Innovation and Assessment, Berlin, 2014.
Activities for the promotion / popularization of science in the general public.

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Prof. Dr. Nediljko Budisa

Prof. Dr. Nediljko Budisa
Biocatalysis Group
Institute of Chemistry
Faculty II
sec. L 1
Müller-Breslau-Straße 10
10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 314 28 821
Fax: +49 30 314 28 279