Stefan Grotzinger

Alumni and Former Staff

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest

The Red Sea brine pools provide unique conditions including absence of oxygen, high salt content (4.5M), high temperature (70˚C), high content of heavy metals, ideal for the discovery of novel biocatalysts and to understand the fundamental limits of life. Our goal is to discover, identify, produce and characterize proteins from these locations, understand the mechanism of their function and alter it towards our needs. 

Selected Publications

  • Production of halophilic proteins using Haloferax volcanii H1895 in a stirred tank bioreactor
    Grötzinger SW, Strillinger E, Allers T, Eppinger J, Weuster Botz D
    Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol, (2015)
  • Polyglutamine Toxicity in Yeast Induces Metabolic Alterations and Mitochondrial Defects
    Papsdorf K, Kaiser CJO, Drazic A, Grötzinger SW, Häßner C, Eisenreich W, Richter K
    BMC Genomics, (2015)
  • Mining a database of single amplified genomes from Red Sea brine pool extremophiles—improving reliability of gene f...
    Grötzinger SW, Alam I, Ba Alawi W, Bajic VB, Stingl U, Eppinger J
    Front. Microbiol, (2014)
  • A network of genes connects polyglutamine toxicity to ploidy control in yeast.
    Kaiser, C.J.O., Grötzinger, S.W., Eckl, J.M., Papsdorf, K., Jordan, S., Richter, K.
    Nat. Commun., (2013) 

Education

  • since 2012 Ph.D., Biosciences in a joint degree program between KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and TUM, Munich, Germany
  • Master of Science, in Biochemistry, TUM, Munich, Germany, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, in Biochemistry, TUM, Munich, Germany, 2012

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Society for Biochemistry and Molecular biology [GBM], Germany

Awards

  • 2015 1st poster prize at the international 15th FEBS-YSF congress in Berlin
  • 2015 Career council [KAUST] travel grant for the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong
  • 2015 GBM full grant and for the Young Scientist Forum and FEBS Congress in Berlin
  • 2014 One of the 11 KAUST student representatives on the KAUST main webpage
  • 2013 Selected and awarded participant for the first leadership development program at KAUST
  • 2012 KAUST Graduate Fellowship
  • 2012 Honours degree in Biochemistry
  • 2012 Fellowship of IGSSE joint degree program between KAUST and TUM

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

biochemistry Extremophiles microbiology Biocatalysis proteins Bioinformatics Biotechnology bioreactors Crystallography

Former Faculty

  • ​Jorg Eppinger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Jr-Hau He, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

 

Former Research Staff

  • Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D. Research Engineer
  • Haibo Zhu, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
  • Isidoro Morales Osorio , Ph.D. (Research Technician)
  • Lu Zhou
  • Rong-rong Jiang (Lab Technician)
  • Douaa Hamed (Lab Technician)
  • Jeremie Pelletier ( Lab Manager)
  • Lan Zhao (Research Technician)
  • Linjie Su (Lab Technician)
  • Jing Fan (Lab Technician)

 

Research Scientist

   
  • Jun Pan, Ph.D.
  • Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.
  • Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.
  • Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.
  • Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abdesslem Jedidi, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.
  • Akshaya K Samal, Ph.D.
  • Chaochao Yue, Ph.D.
  • Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.
  • Dandan Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Eleonora Fava, Ph.D.
  • Eva Pump, Ph.D.
  • Janet Chakkamadathil Mohandas, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Buchel, Ph.D.
  • Ida Autiero, Ph.D.
  • Jung-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
  • Tianyou Chen, Ph.D.
  • Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.
  • Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.
  • Chinmoy K. Hazra, Ph.D.
  • Luis Miguel Azofra Mesa
  • ​Manbo Li, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Mannathan Subramaniyan, Ph.D.
  • Manas Bhunia, Ph.D.

  • Niladri Maity, Ph.D.
  • Olga Gladkovskaya, Ph.D.
  • Raju Dey, Ph.D.
  • Sai Vikrama Chaitanya vummaleti, Ph.D.
  • Jinsong Hu, Ph.D.
  •  Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Ph.D.
  • Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D. 
  • Changguang Yao, Ph.D.
  • Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.
  • Stefania Evoli, Ph.D.
  • Shixiong Min, Ph.D.
  • Tunc Deniz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Pedireddy, Ph.D.
  • Wei Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Won Suk Juang, Ph.D.
  • Xuechao Liu, Ph.D.
  • Xiufang wang, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Yunfei Cai, Ph.D.
  • Yupeng Pan, Ph.D.
  • Yuri Lebedev, Ph.D.
  • Kushal Deepak Bhatte​,Ph.D.
  • Liangjin Xu, Ph.D.
  • Gangaiah Mettela,Ph.D.
  • Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Ph.D.
  • Jie Chen, Ph. D.


Ph.D. Students

  • Adrian Hol, Ph.D
  • Arwa Makki, Ph.D.
  • Batian Chen, Ph.D.
  • Bilel Hamzaoui, Ph.D.
  • Bedour E. Al-Sabban, Ph.D.
  • Chao Guan, Ph.D.
  • Dalal Noureldine, Ph.D.
  • Duanxing Li, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Jeantelot, Ph.D.
  • Hind Al-Johani, Ph.D.
  • Haleema Alamri, Ph.D.
  • Hsin-Hua Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Israa Salem Al-Rowaihi, Ph.D.
  • Ibrahim Dursun
  • Reem Alshumrani, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Ang Pei Ling, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Hohl, Ph.D.
  • Baraa Werghi, Ph.D.
  • Amal A. Baqais, Ph.D.
  • Ding-Jier Yuan, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro, Ph.D.
  • Nawal alhajri, Ph.D.
  • Nazeeha Alkayal, Ph.D.
  • Noor Almana, Ph.D.
  • Nouf Al Jabri, Ph.D.
  • Reem Al-Shareef, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Almahdali, Ph.D.
  • Sheikha Lardhi, Ph.D.
  • Stefan Grotzinger, Ph.D.
  • Tatsuya Shinagawa, Ph.D.
  • Maha Al Haddad, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Qureshi, Ph.D.
  • Keisuke Obata, Ph.D.
  • Oleksii Pustovarenko, Ph. D.


Master Students


  • Abdulaziz Khan
  • Alexandra Vancea
  • Ali Hamieh
  • Mram Alyami
  • Kanav Kalra



Former Administration

  • Ann Bauwens (Executive Secretary)
  • Jiao Qiu (Business Administrator)
  • Xianzheng Meng(Business Administrator)
  • Wenwen Zhu(Administrative Assistant)
  • Xijun Deng(Administrative Assistant)