|Chair of Process Biotechnology|
Curriculum VitaeRuth Freitag studied Chemistry at the University of Hannover (Germany). She received her Diploma and Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry (Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology, summa cum laude) with Prof. Karl SchÃ¼gerl at the University of Hannover. After a PostDoc with Prof. Csaba Horvath, Yale University, New Haven, USA in 1990/1991, she returned to the University of Hannover for her Habilitation (venia legendi in Chemical Engineering 1995). From 1996 to 1998 she was Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, from 1998 to 2003 Associate Professor of Biotechnology (with tenure) at the Department of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). From 2000 to 2003 she headed the Laboratory for Chemical Biotechnology at the EPFL, in 2002 she was the Director of the Institute of Chemical and Biological Process Science at the EPFL. Since 2003 she is Full Professor for Process Biotechnology at the University of Bayreuth.
Ruth Freitag is a member of the Â“Leitungsausschuss des Disziplinenbereichs Life SciencesÂ”, CTI, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Bern, Switzerland, member of the panel of international experts appointed by the Swedish Research Counsel for the continued evaluation of research in biotechnology at Swedish research institutions, expert for life science in the BRIDGE program of the Austrian research counsel, member of the Â“Working Group Downstream ProcessingÂ” of the European Federation of Biotechnology, member of the DECHEMA Arbeitsausschuss Â“Technik biologischer ProzesseÂ”, member of the BZMB, Bayreuther Zentrum fÃ¼r Molekulare Biowissenschaften (Zuordnung zur kollegialen Leitung), and head of the scientific advisory board of polyTag SA, a spin off from the EPFL. The company is active in the development of stimuli-responsive materials for the life sciences.
Research AreasThe objective of the research group of Ruth Freitag is focused on biotechnological products and processes with medical or environmental relevance. A central line of research activities focuses on the molecular side of natural and semisynthetic biomacromolecules, in particular their synthesis, characterisation, structure-function relationship, and interaction with other molecules and (biological) structures. A subset of these activities concerns the design and investigation of stimuli-responsive molecules. The aim is to combine a state of art knowledge in the life sciences with fundamental research and expertise in molecular and cell biology, synthetic (polymer / organic) and analytical chemistry as well as process engineering.