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Department of Biochemistry


"Juan" David Schnettler Fernández

MPhil student
Joined the lab: October 2015
Background and Current Projects: I obtained my B.Sc. in Life Science from the University of Konstanz in 2014. In my Bachelor Thesis in the lab of Valentin Wittmann I synthesized modified glycolipids as molecular probes for fluorescent microscopy. Subsequently, I went to École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris for one year of Master studies (M1). I first got in touch with microfluidics during a research project in the lab of Andrew Griffiths where I used microdroplets in order to compartimentalize autocatalytic reactions that could model an early RNA and protein-free metabolism in protocells.  I joined the Hollfelder group in October 2015 and am exploring the evolvability of promiscuous enzymatic activities using microfluidic droplet assays.
Interests: Through my previous work I am committed to supporting rural development in Andean Peru and enjoy travelling there regularly. Apart from that, I like all kinds of outdoor sports, especially hiking and rock climbing, and, in more teachable hours, enjoy learning new languages and reading classical literature.

Flis, J., Giessmann, R. and Schnettler Fernández, D. (2015), Auf den chemischen Spuren des Histon-Codes. Nachr. Chem., 63: 884–891. DOI lookup


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