After a one-and-a-half year postdoctoral stay in the
Netherlands, Joerg has returned to where he belongs: the elk crew! And
this is his story: originating from Northern Styria, he has started to
study chemistry and philosophy (nope, that's not a mistake!) in 2003 at
the KFU-Graz in order to become a teacher. Thank god, he discarded his
initial plan and chose the scientific career instead, focusing on
organic chemistry and biocatalysis, which directed him straight into the
elk group. He has already performed his Master's and PhD theses within
the group, working on enzymatic cascade reactions but also on the
chemoenzymatic synthesis of designated alkaloids: several natural and
non-natural products were thereby accessed via (enzymatic)
oxidative C-C coupling. In his subsequent PostDoc, his already broad
knowledge on cascades was further deepened, but he also gained a first
insight into the small world of nanoparticles.
Kind of obviously, he has already worked on several projects
and with many enzyme classes (ADHs, TAs, BBE, MAOs, etc.), thus gaining a
lot of synthetic and microbiological experience. This and many more
features make him a valuable and pleasant lab-colleague who is keen to
share his knowledge with others! As such, you can frequently see him
discussing all kinds of problems arising from the daily lab routine or
giving a helping hand to somebody somewhere. And even though his current
position as assistant claims a lot of his time for teaching Master's
Students, he spends almost every second in the lab pushing his current
project to success.
The question "how to manage all that stuff simultaneously?"
may arise: simply by doing sports (e.g., hiking, climbing, tennis, and
skiing), meeting friends, travelling, and reading. At the end there are
only few things to say: welcome back, Joerg, good to have you here, and
this was hopefully just the beginning of your scientific story.