Dr. Claudius Lenz

Mail: Claudius Lenz

Working Group:

Systems Biotechnology

since 12/2022

Scientist, Department of Solar Materials
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig

2017 - 2021

PhD, Natural Product Chemistry at Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and lnfection Biology "Hans Knöll Institute" Jena & Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena


  • C. Lenz, S. Dörner, F. Trottmann, C. Hertweck, A. Sherwood, D. Hoffmeister (2022)
    "Assessment of Bioactivity-Modulating Pseudo-Ring Formation in Psilocin and Related Tryptamines",
    ChemBioChem 2022, 23


  • C. Lenz, S. Dörner, A. Sherwood, D. Hoffmeister (2021)
    "Structure Elucidation and Spectroscopic Analysis of Chromophores Produced by Oxidative Psilocin Dimerization",
    Chemistry-A European Journal 2021, 27(47), 12166-12171
  • C. Lenz, A. Sherwood, R. Kargbo, D. Hoffmeister (2021)
    "Taking Different Roads: 1-Tryptophan as the Origin of Psilocybe Natural Products",
    ChemPlusChem 2021, 86(1), 28-35


  • J. Fricke, R. Kargbo, L. Regestein, C. Lenz, G. Peschel, M. A. Rosenbaum, A. Sherwood, D. Hoffmeister (2020)
    "Scalable Hybrid Synthetic/ Biocatalytic Route to Psilocybin",
    Chemistry-A European Journal 37 (26), 8281-8285
  • C. Lenz, J. Wiek, D. Braga, M. Garcia-Altares, G. Lackner, C. Hertweck, M. Gressler, D. Hoffmeister (2020)
    "lnjury-Triggered Blueing Reactions of Psilocybe "Magic" Mushrooms",
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59(4), 1450-1454
  • P. S. Seibold, C. Lenz, M. Gressler, D. Hoffmeister (2020)
    "The Laetiporus polyketide synthase LpaA produces a series of antifungal polyenes",
    The Journal of Antibiotics 2020, 73(10), 711-720


  • J. Fricke, C. Lenz, J. Wick, F. Blei, D. Hoffmeister (2019)
    "Production Options for Psilocybin: The Making of the Magic",
    Chemistry - A European Journal 2019, 25(4), 897-903 (Review)


  • J. P. Tauber, C. Matthaeus, C. Lenz, D. Hoffmeister, J. Popp (2018)
    "Analysis of basidiomycete pigments in situ by Raman spectroscopy",
    Journal of Biophotonics 2018, 11(6)


  • C. Lenz, J. Wiek, D. Hoffmeister (2017)
    "ldentification of N-Methyl-4-hydroxytryptamine (Norpsilocin) as a Psilocybe Natural Product",
    Journal of Natural Products 2017, 80, 2835-2838