VAVRICKA JR CHRISTOPHER JOHN
Enzyme Engineering, Biochemistry, Metabolomics
Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University, Japan
My research is focused on engineering enzymes for bioproduction of alkaloids and terpenoids within the NEDO project. I am also currently managing 2 grants for development novel sialic acid derivatives. Other goals include publishing high-impact papers and helping to guide a few graduate student research projects.
In 2004, I began studying enzyme structure and function in as an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. After completing a Ph.D. degree in 2009, I went to Chinese Academ of Sciences in Beijing where I focused on the structure-based development of novel influenza neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors. In 2014 I moved to Okayama University as a JSPS Postdoc to synthesize novel sialic acid analogues. In 2016 I came to Kobe University to combined my skills for enzyme engineering and synthetic biology applications.
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