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Prof. Dr. Jörg Pietruszka

Head of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBG-1)

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Pietruszka, was founded in a joint effort of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the Research Centre Jülich in 2004. Its present scientific activities focus on the development of new synthetic methods and its application in active agents/natural product synthesis. Of particular interest are biocatalytical methods: New (and commercially available) enzymes are utilized in chemoenzymatic syntheses.

Jörg Pietruszka was born in Hamburg in 1965. He studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg where he also obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1993 (Prof. W. A. König). After 2 postdoctoral years with Professor S. V. Ley (Cambridge, UK), he fulfilled the requirements for his 'Habilitation' – funded by a Liebig-Fellowship and a DFG grant – at the University of Stuttgart in 2001. In 2000/2001 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Freiburg (Germany), 2001/2002 a guest professor at the University of Cardiff (Wales) and 2002/2003 he held a substitute-professorship at the University of Tübingen (Germany). In 2004 an offer for a professorship at the University in Gießen was declined; since 2004 he holds the position as full professor and chair of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. He is speaker of the graduate school on industrial biotechnology ‘CliB2021-GC’ as well as the interdisciplinary graduate school of protein science (iGRASPseed) at the University of Düsseldorf with approx. 100 fellows.


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-1: Biotechnology
52425 Jülich


Phone: +49 2461 61-4158
Fax: +49 2461 61-6196