January 30, 2020
Congratulations! Dr. Kareen Veldmann defended her PhD thesis on the "Fermentative production of chlorinated and brominated L-tryptophan by metabolic engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum".

December, 2019
Congratulations: Arthur Burgardt was awarded the Preis der Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie for his MSc studies and his thesis project "Metabolic engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum for the production of Coenzyme Q10", a collaboration with Prof. Jin-Ho Lee (Kyungsung University Busan) funded by German BMBF and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).

July/August, 2019
This summer, the C1Pro and INDIE teams were supported by international students. Anne-Laure Ricord, an ERASMUS student from Paris (France) and Rijul Bhimwal, a DAAD RISE fellow (Pennsylvania, USA) worked on a biotech process for indole. Sue Fletcher, a BSc student from Edmonton, Canada, participating in the Alberta OWL Cooperation, worked on Bacillus methanolicus biotechnology.
July 09, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Melanie Mindt defended her PhD thesis on the "Access to N-alkylated amino acids by metabolic engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum and Pseudomonas putida".

July 05, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Guido Hennig defended his PhD thesis on the "Metabolic engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum towards methanol-dependent growth".
July 04, 2019
Nadja A. Henke and Bicomer receive Inventor Award
Inventors Dr. Nadja A. Henke, Dr. Petra Peters-Wendisch and Prof. Dr. Volker F. Wendisch have been awarded the Jörg Schwarzbich Inventor Award for their patent on coproduction of carotenoids and amino acids. The Prize has been awarded for the first time. The production concept allows for the simultaneous access to two valuable compounds with relevance for the feed industry: lysine and astaxanthin. Bicomer seeks to apply this technology for the sustainable production of lysine and astaxanthin.
June 26, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Petra Peters-Wendisch was awarded the Best Teaching Award 2019 by the Student Council of the Biology Department.
May, 2019
Congratulations! Dr. Nadja Alina Henke and Bicomer won first prize at the pitch competition at Biocamp 2019 in Breda, the Netherlands. The competition was part of the specialized business training which was organized by BioBase4SME and held in the cloister of Bovendonk. 19 bio-based start-ups from five countries from north-western europe participated and worked for 6 days on their businesses. The final pitch competition that took place in the chapel of the cloister was evaluated by three venture capitalists. See also on Twitter.
May 2nd, 2019
Congratulations! Volker Wendisch received the "Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Bioprocessing Association (IBA-IFIBiop). The prize was awarded May 2nd, 2019, during the opening ceremony of 8th IBA-IFIBiop-Conference, held in Miri, Sarawak (Malaysia).
April 11, 2019
Lenny Ferrer from the #INDIE team guided 10 pupils (9th grade) from the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium (Bünde) through the laboratories of the Wendisch group. The pupils learned about work as a scientist in a biotechnology lab and about the concept of sustainable indole bioproduction.
April 10, 2019
Kerstin Schultenkämper won the best poster award at the conference "BACELL 2019" held Apr 09-10, 2019, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Kerstin presented "Establishment and application of CRISPR interference to affect sporulation, hydrogen peroxide detoxification and mannitol catabolism in the methylotrophic thermophile Bacillus methanolicus" as part of the ERA-CoBioTech project C1Pro.
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