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CATALOX - Catalytic mechanisms and Applications of Oxidoreductases

The main theme of the PhD program CATALOX (Catalytic mechanisms and applications of oxidoreductases) is the study of enzymatic reduction and oxidation reactions, which play a pivotal role in nature because of their importance in energy metabolism and the biosynthesis of a plethora of natural products. The program integrates ten research groups from the University of Graz and Graz University of Technology forming an internationally recognized consortium in the area of biocatalysis and biotechnology. It provides an array of cutting edge, highly interdisciplinary research projects as well as a solid methodological platform with the aim to set new standards in the understanding and potential utilization of enzyme catalyzed redox reactions. In these projects, the PhD students acquire expertise in crucial areas of enzyme catalysis ranging from organic synthesis and mechanistic enzymology to structural biology and process engineering. Throughout their training, they benefit from a network of mentoring and supervisory instruments. Furthermore, the close interactions with the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) supports the exploration the biotechnological utility of our scientific discoveries and link the PhD students with network of industrial partner and possible future employers.


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Karl Gruber

Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Phone:+43 316 380 - 5417

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