Ariel Tijman // PhD 02

Title of thesis: Engineering of oxidative enzymes for use in solvents

Affiliation: University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Secondment: Gecco Biotech B.V., The Netherlands and University of Seville, Spain

I did my BSc and MSc at the University of the Republic, in Uruguay. My work has been focused on the use of enzymes (imine reductases, reductive aminases) towards the synthesis of chiral amines, and during my master I flirted with bioinformatics in order to improve the stability of a transaminase.

Cooking and tinkering with recipes (which means that more often than not I have reproducibility issues). Playing (competitive) board games. Reading and watching TV shows/movies that require you to sit down and pay close attention. Usually interested in why things are as they are.

What is the most useless talent you have?
I can speak Jeringonza.

Where is the worst smelling place you have been?
Near someone working with β-mercaptoethanol outside of a fumehood. Or traveling in the 148 bus in summertime at peak hours.

What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?
I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault, but when I was a child I came to believe that solids and liquids went down different ‘tubes’ after ingesting them.

About which topics could you talk for hours?
Hours? Probably none, as I’m not much of a talker. For a few minutes I could talk about ice cream or some tech/science development. Or rant about my last unfortunate event!

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