Prof. Uwe T. Bornscheuer

What the group thought about him...

Celebrating the 50th PhD student resulted in a unique present...

Scientific Career




Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis
Institute of Biochemistry
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 4
D-17487 Greifswald/ Germany
Phone: +49 (0)3834-86-4367
Phone: +49 (0)3834-86-4391 (Sekr.)
Fax: +49 (0)3834-86-794367
E-Mail: uwe.bornscheuer[at]


Scientific Career
Oct. 2015: W3-Professor at University of Greiswald

4-Febr. - March 2010: Research stay at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Oct. 2004: Declined offers for positions at Bergakademie Freiberg/Sachsen (C4-Professor for 'Technische Chemie & Biotechnologie'), TU Hamburg-Harburg (C4-Professor for 'Technische Biochemie/Biokatalyse'); accepted an offer from University of Greifswald.

Oct. 2003 - March 2004: Sabbatical at Diversa Corp., San Diego, USA.

2002-2008: Managing Director of the Institute for Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Greifswald.

Since Oct. 1999: Professor at the Institute for Chemistry & Biochemistry, Dept. of Technical Chemistry & Biotechnology, University of Greifswald.

1999: 'Privatdozent' at the Institute for Technical Biochemistry (ITB), University of Stuttgart.

1994-1998: 'Habilitation' at the ITB (Prof. R.D. Schmid)
Thesis: "New Strategies for the Application of Lipases and Esterases in Organic Synthesis".

1993-1994: Postdoc at the University of Nagoya, Japan
(Prof. T. Yamane).

1991-1993: Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Hannover, Department of Technical Chemistry
(Prof. K. Schügerl, Prof. T. Scheper).

1990: Diploma (~ M. Sc.) in Chemistry at the University of Hannover, Department of Technical Chemistry.

1985-1990: University of Hannover, Study of Chemistry

Being DJ at the "Profs@Turntables" event, playlist.

The 50th PhD student had successfully finished (June 2016):

Birthday-Present Januar 2003:


Upon Return During Sabbatical, Dec. 2003:




Past Editorial Board member (resigned)



Frankenhain, Hessen




The new bike...

Biketour to a conference in Olsztyn, Poland (~650 km from Greifswald)

Biketour near Anza-Borrego desert, CA, USA



Our new homepage is almost finished and this site will not be updated anymore.

In 2016, Uwe Bornscheuer has published News & Views articles in "Nature" and in "Nature Chem. Biol.", a "Perspectives" contribution in the journal "Science" and aresearch article in the journal "Nature Chem."

Johannes Kabisch (junior research group leader) has accepted a position as Junior-Professor at the TU-Darmstadt and Robert Kourist is now full Professor at the TU-Graz, congratulations!

Daniel Last (#51) has finished his PhD!

Uwe Bornscheuer has published his 25th contribution (an Editorial) in the top chemistry journal "Angew. Chem. Int. Ed."

Uwe Bornscheuer has received the "Stephen S. Chang Award" of the Am. Oil. Chem. Soc. (AOCS).

Our paper on the discovery of (R)-selective amine transaminases has been highlighted as "Best Design Concept" by Nat. Chem. Biol.

Author profile:

An author profile about Uwe Bornscheuer has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bornscheuer
Institute of Biochemistry
Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 4
D-17487 Greifswald/ Germany

+49 (0)3834-86-4367
+49 (0)3834-86-4391 (Secr.)
+49 (0)3834-86-794367