Dr. Linde Debor


Linde Debor was born in Tongeren, Belgium in 1982. She studied Bioscience Engineering at the K.U.Leuven, with a major in Environmental Technology and a minor in Cell and Gene Technology. For her Master thesis under supervision of Prof. Jos Vanderleyden and Dr. Miguel Gueimonde, she developed a species-specific real-time PCR method for quantification of intestinal Bifidobacterium spp., during an internship at the Probiotics laboratory of the Functional Foods Forum in Turku, Finland in 2004.

In 2005, she accepted a PhD position at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the K.U.Leuven, under supervision of Prof. Dirk Springael, Prof. Jan Van Impe and Dr. Leen Bastiaens. The PhD position was funded by a research grant from the research institute VITO in Mol, Belgium, where most of the practical work was carried out. In the course of her PhD project, she developed a lab-scale inoculated bioreactor for bioremediation of MTBE-contaminated groundwater, characterized an environmental bacterial consortium for MTBE/TBA-degradation using molecular methods and derived and modeled kinetic parameters (growth rate, yield, degradation rate) of MTBE degradation by the mixed bacterial culture.

Linde Debor worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Chemical Biotechnology, responsible for the DFG-funded project ‘Human cytochrome P450 monoxygenases in recombinant microbial strains – understanding in vivo activity and function’, in cooperation with the Ruhruniversität Bochum. She developed different mutant E. coli, Pseudomonas and Pichia pastoris sp. mutants containing human cytochrome P450 strains and characterized the CYP enzymes with their redox partner and their products in vivo and in vitro. Together with the University of Bochum, we established a specific quantification based on ESI-MS of the single proteins involved in the membrane fraction E. coli.

Since 2014, she works as a post-doctoral researcher at the department of solar materials, first as a member of the task force that set up the department at the UFZ, namely as ‘gentechnische Projektleiterin’, later on the brand new topic of hydrogenases in Synechocystis PCC 6803, specializing in specific detection, purification and characterization of proteins, especially monooxygenases and hydrogenases.

CV / Scientific Career

01/2014 - 08/2017 Scientist, Department of Solar Materials
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig
04/2001 - 12-2013 Post-doctoral researcher, TU Dortmund, Germany
08/2010 - 03/2011 Research assistant, University of Münster, Germany
12/2005 - 11/2010 Dissertation at the Laboratory of Soil and Water management, University of Leuven, Belgium, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dirk Springael
12/2005 - 03/2010 VITO scholarship as research assistant, VITO research centre, Mol, Belgium
08/2004 - 11/2004 Internship, Functional Foods Forum, Turku, Finland
09/2000 - 07/2005 Studies of Bioscience engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium
Degree: Bioscience Engineer

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