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Microbial systems are in the forefront of the strategies for the discovery of novel molecules. The natural products of these organisms have an enormous structural diversity that results in a Janus-faced range of activities: at times important in the pharmaceutical scope, yet also being hazardous to life.
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This session will involve the microbial secondary metabolome and its effect on microbial interactions. Specifically, it aims to promote the discussion of the many aspects of microbial natural products like

Prof. Dr. Wilfred van der Donk – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign / Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA) 

Wilfred van der Donk
Wilfred van der Donk
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Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

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Prof. Dr. Rer. Nat. Christian Hertweck – Biomolecular Chemistry, Leibniz - HKI (Jena, Germany) 

Christian Hertweck
Christian Hertweck
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Head of the department of biomolecular chemistry at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Products Research and Infection Biology. 

The research group of Prof. Dr. Hertweck investigates microbial natural products with ecological and pharmaceutical relevance, focusing on less explored bacterial genera.  They employ chemical analysis and genetic methods to discover and investigate new biologically active compounds and toxins. By combining chemical and biological methods, they also study the biosynthesis of specialized metabolites and their biological functions in microbial interactions

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