January 24, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Elvira Sgobba defended her PhD thesis on the "Utilization of hexosamine containing feedstocks by Corynebacterium glutamicum: pathway engineering and construction of synthetic consortia".
January 23, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Nadja Henke received the doctoral prize of the Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld (UGBi) for her PhD thesis work on the "Regulation of carotenoid biosynthesis and metabolic engineering for terpenoid production in Corynebacterium glutamicum".
November 25, 2018
Carsten Haupka won a poster prize in the session Industrial Biotechnology at the conference "Biotechnology at Biotechnological Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development 2018" held Nov 22-25, 2018, in Hyderbad, India. Carsten presented "Requirements for methanol-based production of lysine" as part of the ERA-CoBioTech project C1Pro.
September 20-21, 2018
Melanie Mindt won a poster prize at the conference "Emerging Trends in Natural Product Biotechnology" held Sep 20-21, 2018, in Dortmund. Melanie presented her work on fermentative production of N-alkylated amino acids.
September 13, 2018
2018  Kyungsung-Bielefeld CoQ10 Workshop at  Kyungsung University, Busan, South Korea, coordinated by Prof. Jin-Ho Lee and Prof. Volker F. Wendisch and funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).
August 23, 2018
Nadja Henke and Bicomer receive funding from ERDF „START-UP-Hochschul-Ausgründungen NRW“
May 07, 2018
Collaborative Research Project "CLIB-Competence Center Biotechnology" coordinated by Volker F. Wendisch.
March 13-14, 2018
Congratulation to Poster Prize on IBF2018 Melanie Mindt won a Poster Prize for presenting her scientific progress on "Access to N-methylated amino acids by fermentation" at the International Biotechnology Forum 2018 in Munich.
October 18, 2017
Vice world champion with cosmetic ingredients from renewable resources - Team Bicomer from Bielefeld made the second place together with the Dutch team at the 'Global Biobased Business' G-BIB Competition in Campos do Jordao, Brazil (more).
see more: Lokalzeit OWL (17.11.2017)


The Wendisch lab started in 1999 at the Institute of Biotechnology, Research Center Juelich performing Genome-wide expression analysis using DNA microarrays. From 2005-2009 Volker F. Wendisch was Professor for Metabolic Engineering at the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Westfalian Wilhelms University Münster.  In October 2009 the Wendisch Lab moved from Münster University to Bielefeld on the new Chair of Genetics of Prokaryotes. The Chair of Genetics was previously held by Prof. Alfred Pühler from 1979-2009. The Wendisch lab is a member of the Faculty of Biology and of the CeBiTec at Bielefeld University. Volker F. Wendisch is member of the board of CeBiTec and the board of CLIB2021. Since October 2016, Volker F. Wendisch was Vice-Dean and Dean of the of its Faculty of Biology. Volker F. Wendisch coordinated the BMBF collaborative research network "Genome reduction" from 2011-2014, was vice president of the CLIB2021 graduate cluster  from 2013--2016. He is c coordinating the collaborative research network "CLIB Competence Center Biotechnology" since 2018.


We perform research in the field of molecular genetics and applied microbiology with a focus on

  • Characterization of global gene regulation and metabolic pathways
  • Systems Biology on Escherichia coli and Corynebacterium glutamicum as model organisms
  • White Biotechnology with emphasis on rational strain development for the production of industrially relevant chemicals