Secondary Metabolism Enzymology

Primary metabolism contains all conversions, which are obligatory to live. This includes energy metabolism as well as structure metabolism being necessary to (re)-form all great structures of living beings. Without primary metabolism living is impossible. In contrast, secondary metabolism , whose products are facultative, appears as luxury. However, these "luxury"-compounds are the basis allowing an organism to settle within a particular ecological niche. Hence, secondary metabolites enable the diversity of species on earth. Or in other words: the "struggle for life" is fought by means of secondary metabolism. The variety of secondary metabolism exceeds the variability of primary metabolism many times over due to the diversity of species and the vast facettes, how the struggle for life is been carried out. The work group for "Secondary Metabolism Enzymology" is eager to investigate unknown enzymes from secondary metabolism and searches for their synthetic application. The main focus lies of metabolic pathways from plants bearing a high number of natural compounds as sessile entities. We are aiming in studying this metabolic this metabolic features in molecular detail and making them biotechnological accessible by combining both, the advantages of white (microbial) biotechnology with the anabolic diversity of plants.

The Group

as from 15.02.2018, f.l.t.r Jan Gebauerh, Jamila Rosengarten, Till El Harrar, Thomas Classen


as from 31.03.2017, f.l.t.r Maximilian Nöth, Jamila Rosengarten, Thomas Classen
f.l.t.r Patrick Petzsch, Jamila Rosengarten, Alexander Fejaczik, Thomas Classen
f.l.t.r: Patrick Petzsch, Jamila Rosengarten, Thomas Classen
f.l.t.r: Thomas Classen, Kristiane Hayes, Patrick Petzsch


Alexander Fejzagic, B.Sc.

Kristiane Hayes, B.Sc.

Maximilian Nöth, M.Sc.

Dr. Patrick Petzsch


Group leader Enzymology

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Dr. Thomas Classen

Building: 15.13
Floor/Room: 4004
Phone 02461-612208

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