Jerome Genth

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Why this profession?

After apprenticeship as a BTA at the School of Life Science in Hamburg, I decided to deepen my knowledge and study further. Following my first degree (BSc in Biochemistry), I remained at University of Halle, Germany, where I received a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry. During my studies, I focused on protein technology, bioorganic chemistry and enzymology. Throughout my bachelor thesis, I developed an efficient expression and purification strategy for the production of a Glycosyltransferase. During master thesis I analyzed microbial peptidases, which showed a distinct preference for D-amino acids in the P1 position, in relation to various internally quenched fluorescent peptide substrates. Due to the ubiquitous distribution of D-amino acids, e.g. in cell membrane of bacteria, antibiotics or food, I am highly interested in their production and metabolism by microorganisms.  For example deamination of D-AS by gut bacteria, in the intestinal mucosa, plays an important role in the innate immune defense and the modulation of the microbiota. Based on many unanswered questions, I have reinforced my decision to undertake a doctoral study program.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

Particular for me, the interdisciplinary organization of the Research Training Group “Genes, Environment and Inflammation”, provides a great opportunity to interconnect and interact with a large number of scientists, who all have individual projects, on role of the microbiome in human health. Especially for upcoming problems this opportunity might be extremely helpful to get off the beaten track and quickly solve open questions.

I´m happily looking forward to share my experiences and be valuable for the RTG group.