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Sector of Applied Biocatalysis

Spausdinti


Head of the Sector
Dr. Inga Matijošyt?
Researcher
Tel. +370 5 240 4679
fax. +370 5 2602116
E-mail: inga.matijosyte@bti.vu.lt; minga@ibt.lt

 

Scientific staff:

Dr. R?ta Gruškien?
Junior researcher
Tel. +370 5 240 4679
E-mail: ruta.gruskiene@bti.vu.lt; ruta@ibt.lt

Rimantas Šiekštel?
Investigator
Tel. +370 5 260 2112
E-mail: rimantas.siekstele@bti.vu.lt; sieksta@ibt.lt

Dr. Birut? Pudžiuvyt?
Junior researcher
Tel. +370 5 260 2112
E-mail: birute.pudziuvyte@bti.vu.lt

Aušra Veteikyt?
Investigator
Tel. +370 5 240 4679
E-mail: ausra.veteikyte@bti.vu.lt

PhD students:

Milda Šulcien?
Tel. +370 5 240 4679
E-mail: milda.sulciene@bti.vu.lt

Affiliated scientists:

Prof., Habil. Dr. Gervydas Dienys
Tel. +370 5 260 2112
E-mail: dienys@ibt.lt

Students (2014m):

Antanas Karalius
Chemistry,
Master studies, 2nd year

Aurelija Sirvydait?
Genetics
Master studies, 1st year

Svetlana Šliachti?
Microbiology
Master studies, 1st year

Research Overview

Sector of Applied Biocatalysis was established in 2007 as a group of Industrial Biotechnology in conjunction with the start of the National Programme on the Development of Industrial Biotechnology in Lithuania 2007-2010. In 2010 the group was transformed into the Sector of Applied Biocatalysis and is headed by Inga Matijošyt? (Ph.D. in biochemistry and biocatalysis from Delft University, The Netherlands, 2008).

Sector‘s research is directed towards the search for enzymes with new functionalities and their development towards applied biocatalysis. The limited number of suitable and well characterized biocatalysts delays the progress in the application of enzymes in the synthesis of compounds for materials, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

Sector of Applied Biocatalysis seeks to identify biocatalysts with novel activities by screening for enzymes, development of biocatalyst and application of biocatalyst (Scheme). The research focuses on developing of biocatalytic systems employing lypolytic, hydrolyti, proteolytic and oxidative enzymes. We strive to meet scientific challenges in combination with application-oriented research. Therefore, close collaboration with industrial partners resulted in several research oriented projects.

Recently, the sector is orienting the research towards dicrovery of new novel biocatalytic routes for high-added value products from bio-based raw materials – biopolymers.

Description of service, product, technology

• Screening for enzymes (environmental samples, enzyme and strain collections, metagenomic and expression databases, etc.);
• Development of biocatalysts (gene engineering, development of analytical systems, immobilization, etc.);
• Application of biocatalysts (proof of principle, recycling, stability, reaction media, etc.);
• Application of Green Chemistry principles in technologies and processes.

Sector of Applied Biocatalysis:
• participates in European Section of Applied Biocatalysis (http://www.esabweb.org/) activities;
• participates in Lithuanian Biotechnology Association (www.lbta.lt) activities;
• is Life Science Baltics 2012/2014 (www.lsb2014.com) ambassadors;