German Association for Synthetic Biology (GASB)
The steering committee is GASB’s official representation and is annually elected through the members meeting. As the main operational board, the steering committee ensures the proper function of the association and represents GASB externally.
Please contact each individual member of the steering committee directly with your questions or use our contact form for general requests.
We are looking forward to getting in touch with you! You can contact us in German or English!
Head of Steering
Hendrik joined the GASB steering committee in 2017 to contribute to the growing field of Synthetic Biology. He is the current head of steering and is focusing on bringing the academic and industry part of Synthetic Biology closer together. Hendrik is doing his masters at Technical University Darmstadt. Feel free to contact him if you have questions or ideas!
Vice Head of Steering
René is a PhD student working on establishing chloroplasts as chassis for Synthetic Biology. He is the current vice head of the steering committee.
For him GASB offers the opportunity not just to connect with people within the field but also to bring SynBio to the general public. Feel free to contact him if you are interested in SynBio or GASB.
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan is a Master student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the Technical University of Denmark. He is passionate about the application of Computer Science in Synthetic Biology, Cell-factory engineering and Protein Engineering . He is the financial officer of GASB, he helped redisigning the website and with the organization of events and conferences.
Vinca is pursuing her master thesis in the field of Synthetic Biology at the University of Marburg. She got in touch with SynBio in 2019 through iGEM. Since then she is interested in getting people into contact with SynBio. She is the administrative officer of GASB and is interested in the general organisation of the association and additional helps to organise events and webinars.
Marvin is a Master student in chemistry at WWU Münster and is responsible for member administration within GASB. Trough his participation at the iGEM competition with the team of TU Darmstadt 2019 he got engaged with Synthetic Biology. If you are interested in joining GASB and want to know more – contact him!
Janine is a bachelor student in biotechnology at THM Giessen. She joined GASB in 2021 and her focus is on organizing the annual GASB conference in collaboration with alternating academic partners.
Alex is a PhD student in the field of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Freiburg. Since his participation in iGEM 2019 he is passionate about SynBio and science communication. Within GASB he is one of two Education Officers and responsible for our educational projects.
Jan is a master student in biology with focus on SynBio at TU Darmstadt. He is passionate about everything SynBio. Additionally, he is interested in Science Communication and SynBio Education. Within GASB he is one of two Education Officers and responsible for our educational projects.
Svenja is a PhD student at the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) Bielefeld working in Synthetic Biology research. Her main research interest lays in directed evolution and the expansion of the genetic code.
Next to her PhD, she is an enthusiastic educator who integrates teaching biosecurity risks in life-sciences study curricula and Synthetic Biology competitions. As project lead of the GASB Biosecurity Project, she works on building a SynBio research community where biosecurity considerations are valued and common place.
Jakob Schweizer is a trained physicist who switched to bottom-up Synthetic Biology while doing his PhD with Petra Schwille at the TU Dresden. After a postdoc at Oxford University in the lab of Dave Sherrat, Jakob Schweizer became the scientific coordinator of the Max-Planck Research Network in Synthetic Biology (MaxSynBio).
Politics & Biosecurity
Fabian is caring about political, societal and ethical aspects of Synthetic Biology. Currently he is in Canada, transferring to his PhD program. Please contact him for any question relating to the points mentioned above.
Whether it is through organizing the next conference, panel discussion or realizing their own project ideas, the active members of GASB leave their footprints on the road to establishing a SynBio community in Germany. In collaboration with small interdisciplinary teams our active members support us realizing our events and projects. Do you want to contribute or are you just curious what possibilities lie ahead? Become Active!
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