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Department of Biochemistry


Philip Mair

PhD student
Joined the lab: September 2015
Background and Current Projects: After obtaining a B.Sc. in Biology at ETH Zurich, I continued my studies there into an M.Sc. with a major in Biological Chemistry. In 2014, I completed my master thesis as a visting student in the Hollfelder lab on a microfluidics-based assay for the detection of molecular species important to Alzheimers disease. Having become familiar with the challenges of detecting biological molecules and phenomena, I wanted to obtain the knowledge and tools needed to adapt sensing technologies to the requirements of a given biological question. Therefore, I joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications and was awarded an EPSRC studentship. My first year in this program involved lectures, workshops, and research projects culminating in an MRes.
I have returned to the Hollfelder group for my Ph.D. to continue the work of Pierres-Yves Colin on a ultrahigh-throughput screening platform to identify catalysts in large metagenomic libraries. One goal of this work will be to extend the fluorescence-based detection of catalysts to other optical measurements.
Interests: I am always curious to explore new hobbies, but in particular I enjoy cooking dinner for friends, doing sports, and reading philosophy. I am also active as a committee member in the Churchill College MCR.


Mair P., Gielen F., Hollfelder F. Exploring sequence space in search of functional enzymes using microfluidic droplets. Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2017, 37:137-1446. Read online


Philip Mair

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