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In the Active Site

18 EpisodesProduced by Christoph Winkler and Mathias PicklWebsite

This podcast by Mathias Pickl and Christoph Winkler officially accompanies the Biotrans 2021 conference in Graz. Meet here the scientists who were invited to give a lecture at the meeting and are among the brightest minds in the field. Talking science without graphical aids gives a unique opportunit… read more

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Episode 17: Christopher Prier

July 12th, 2021


In the final episode of In the Active Site we interview Dr. Christopher Prier, who shares his perspective as Associate Principal Scientist at Merck, New Jersey.

Episode 16: Kurt Faber

June 28th, 2021


In a very special episode, we interviewed the winner of the Biotrans 2021 Senior Award, Prof. Kurt Faber from the University of Graz. As Kurt was the PhD supervisor of both of us we came with a long list of questions.

Episode 15: Gideon Grogan

June 14th, 2021


This week’s guest “In the Active Site was Prof. Gideon Grogan from the University of York. Listen to him, as he talks about his book, enzyme mechanisms and his talk at the Biotrans 2021.

Episode 14: Todd Hyster

May 31st, 2021


This week we interviewed the winner of the Biotrans 2021 Junior Award, Prof. Todd Hyster from Cornell University. Listen to him sharing stories from his lab and his view on biocatalysis.

Episode 13: Byung-Gee Kim

May 17th, 2021


Listen to our talk with Prof. Byung-Gee Kim from Seoul National University and benefit from his great experience and his unique perspective at …

Episode 12: Emily Balskus

May 3rd, 2021


Meet Prof. Emily Balskus from Harvard University in Episode 12 of “In the Active Site”. Listen to Emily talking about her research, teaching and much more.

Episode 11: Mélanie Hall

April 19th, 2021


In this episode we learn many details bout the upcoming conference from Prof. Mélanie Hall form the University of Graz, who is one of the leaders of the elk crew and part of the local organizing committee of Biotrans …

Special Episode: Wolfgang Kroutil

April 12th, 2021


Listen her to a special episode to Prof. Wolfgang Kroutil as he gives an update to his interview in Episode 1 and as he reveals some details on the …

Episode 10: Tobias Erb

April 5th, 2021


Listen to Prof. Tobias Erb from the Max-Planck Institute Marburg, who shares some spoilers about his keynote lecture at Biotrans2021 and gives insight into the way he approaches his research.

Episode 9: Magali Remaud-Simeon

March 22nd, 2021


This week we interviewed Prof. Magali Remaud-Simeon from the INSA in Toulouse. Listen to Magali, sharing insights about her career, science, and her …

Episode 8: Marco Fraaije

March 8th, 2021


In this episode, Prof. Marco Fraaije from the University of Groningen and organizer of the last Biotrans in 2019, talks about his passion for flavoenzymes and shares some insider information on organizing a Biotrans …

Episode 7: Silvia Osuna

February 22nd, 2021


Listen to Prof. Silvia Osuna in Episode 7 of "In the Active Site". Silvia explains her research and talks about her passion for art.

Episode 6: Nick Turner

February 8th, 2021


Prof. Nick Turner from the University of Manchester shares some inspiring thoughts with us about biocatalysis in general. Listen to episode 6 of “In the Active Site”.

Episode 5: Gerard Roelfes

January 25th, 2021


In episode 5 of our Podcast, we ask Prof. Gerard Roelfes from the University of Groningen about his career, his inspiration, and his science.

Episode 4: Francesca Paradisi

January 11th, 2021


In this nice interview for Episode 4 of "In the Active Site" Prof. Francesca Paradisi from the University of Bern tells how she got into biocatalysis and talks about her research and about the way she leads and …

Episode 3: Elina Siirola

December 28th, 2020


In episode 3 of „In the Active Site” we have a great discussion with Elina Siirola from Novartis.

Episode 2: Jiří Damborský

December 14th, 2020


Meet Jiří Damborský, head of the Loschmidt Laboratories in Brno and known for the Protein Engineering Portal.

Episode 1: Wolfgang Kroutil

November 23rd, 2020


Listen to Wolfgang Kroutil, host of the Biotrans 2021 about his research and hear some details about the upcoming conference.

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