Winner of the 2023 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Congratulations to Professor Christine Beemelmanns, recipient of the 2023 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship!

The annual Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. The Natural Product Reports Editorial Board have selected Professor Beemelmanns from the Helmholtz Institute of Pharmaceutical Research Saarland as the winner this year.

Photo courtesy of Anna Schroll (HKI)

“It is an honour to receive the 2023 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the selection committee for recognising my work. I would also like to acknowledge my mentors and colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to collaborate, and which undoubtedly influenced and enriched my work.

I also want to express my profound appreciation for the remarkable group of young scientists who have contributed their work and passion to make this achievement possible, and my family, which supported me throughout my career. Without their dedication, this work would not have been possible.” – Professor Christine Beemelmanns

Professor Beemelmanns’ lectureship will be held virtually at a date to be confirmed. To stay up to date with future announcements, follow us on Twitter @NatProdReports or sign up to our news alerts.


More about Christine

Christine Beemelmanns studied Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen, and after graduation went to Japan for a one-year research stay in the group of Prof. Sodeoka at RIKEN. Back in Germany she worked at the FU Berlin with Prof. Reißig and received her PhD in Organic Chemistry. She then worked another six months in Japan at the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Prof. K. Suzuki and joined shortly afterwards the group of Prof. Clardy at Harvard Medical School (Boston) in 2011. At the end of 2013, she received a call from the Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI) to work there as a Junior Research Group leader in the field of Natural Products Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In 2020, she was elected as Margaret L. and Harlan L. Goering Visiting Professors in Organic Chemistry at UW Madison. In 2022 she was appointed Professor for Biochemistry of Microbial Metabolism at the Leipzig University and shortly after was appointed a Full Professorship on Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Microbiota Research at Saarland University together with the HIPS.

In her research projects, Christine focuses on the chemical and functional analysis of co-evolved microbial interactions. Her group combines natural product chemistry with applied microbiology and molecular biology to identify important microbial natural products from these symbiotic communities that are composed of unprecedented chemical core structures and display pharmacological important activities.

Find out more about Christine and the work her lab is doing on their webpage.

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