Fabarius, Jonathan Dr. rer. nat.

Sustainable Catalytic Processes | Senior Scientist Microbial Catalysis

In April 2018, Dr. Jonathan Thomas Fabarius joined Fraunhofer IGB. Since end of 2019, he has been working as a Senior Scientist in Microbial Catalysis and provides long-term experience in biotechnology within an academic and industrial environment. He acquired his PhD in the field of systems biotechnology and microbial strain development at Saarland University.  He completed his studies in technical biology at the University of Stuttgart with his diploma thesis at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen am Rhein in 2013.

His research interests cover projects related to systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering. Combining metabolic modeling with genetic engineering and bioprocess development is in the focus of his work. In particular, Dr. Fabarius is pursuing the microbial utilization of CO2 into value-added products in process cascades via C1-intermediates.

    • Analysis, modeling and design of microbial metabolism and metabolic pathways
    • Genetic engineering of microbes
    • Synthetic biology and enzyme engineering
    • Fermentation process development

  • Professional career

    since 10/2019 Senior Scientist “Microbial Catalysis” at Fraunhofer IGB
    04/2018 – 09/2019 Scientist at Fraunhofer IGB
    since 11/2018 Dr. rer. nat. (Saarland University)
    10/2013 – 12/2017 Doctoral studies at the Institute of Systems Biotechnology (Saarland University)
    10/2013 – 12/2016 Scientific cooperation with BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
    since 09/2013 Diploma biologist (t.o., technical oriented)
    04/2012 – 08/2013 BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, industrial internship and diploma thesis
    10/2007 – 08/2013 Studies of technical biology at University of Stuttgart
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    01.03.2016 – 30.11.2019 Cost-effective carbon dioxide conversion into chemicals