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Selin Kara


Selin Kara
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Selin Kara completed B.Sc Chemical Engineering (2000 – 2005) and B.Sc Food Engineering (1999 – 2004) studies at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. In 2005, she moved to Germany for M.Sc study in Biotechnology at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) with a DAAD–Turkish Education Foundation scholarship. In 2011, she was awarded a Ph.D degree in bioprocess engineering at the TUHH, Institute of Technical Biocatalysis. The focus of her Dissertation was the establishment of an online monitoring technology for direct bioprocess analysis and the kinetic modelling of biocatalytic carboligations under ambient and high-pressure conditions.

From October 2011 to September 2013, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Biocatalysis Group within the Department of Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. Within her post-doctoral project she established a Smart Cosubstrates concept for a more efficient use of redox enzymes as catalysts in both the pharmaceutical industry as well as the agrochemical sector.

In September 2013, she started her Habilitation (venia legendi) at Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden), Chair of Molecular Biotechnology within the Department of Biology, Germany. In July 2015, she moved from Dresden to Hamburg and until July 2018 she has been leading the research group Reaction Sequences in the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at TUHH. In May 2018, Selin Kara completed her Habilitation (venia legendi) in the research fields of Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering at TUHH.

The focus of her research group “Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing” within Biological and Chemical Engineering (BCE) Section is the establishment of environmentally friendly and highly productive biocatalytic processes by combining different aspects of biotechnology, chemistry and reaction engineering.

Research Interests

  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Biocatalytic reaction cascades (multi-enzymatic and chemo-enzymatic)
  • Alternative cofactor regeneration systems in redox biocatalysis
  • Biocatalysis in non-conventional media
  • Immobilization of enzymes
  • Enzyme kinetics modelling
  • Reaction engineering

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