Sarawak Biodiversity Centre to hold talk this Friday May 16

KUCHING: The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre will be holding a talk on the ‘Exploitation of Interesting Microbial Strains for Natural Products’ this Friday, May 16.


Dr Jean-Jaques Sanglier will be conducting the talk which will cover the use of microbes for various applications, namely in pharmaceuticals. The goal of this talk is to also present ways to access biosynthetic capabilities of selected microorganisms or to improve production yields of these chemically complex compounds. Approaches such as physiological conditions, stress, epigenic remodeling, combined cultures, gene activation and overexpression, heterologous expression will be presented and discussed. New avenues such as synthetic biology or genetic remodeling will also be introduced.


Dr Sanglier is the Executive Director of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Consulting from France. Dr Sanglier has a Master in Sciences (Biology/Soil Ecology and Microbiology) from the University of Brussels (Belgium), as well as a PhD in Applied Microbiology at the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France), as well as Sabbatical at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.).


Dr Sanglier’s experience includes being the group leader in microbiology-natural products at Sandoz, then Novartis Pharma (Switzerland), Associated Professor at the School of Biotechnology at University of Strasbourg (France), Permanent advisor at Cetek Corporation (USA), Section Head Microbiology at Esperanza Medicine Foundation (Switzerland) and the Advisor and Consultant for various institutes (Biotec, RCBN etc.) and companies (Cetek, Novartis, Selcia etc.) (Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Consulting, France).


His research interests include Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Actinomycetes and other microorganisms, bioactive microbial substances, physiology, optimisation and fermentation, as well as experimental designs.


To register for the talk, contact Ha-Mim Marzuki at 082-610610 or email to [email protected]

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