Panke, Sven, Prof. Dr.

Sven Panke

ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Sven Panke
Bioprocess Laboratory D-BSSE
1058 7.40
Mattenstrasse 26
4058 Basel

Phone: +41 61 387 32 09

Research activities

The research of the BioprocessLaboratory revolves around the design of novel bioprocesses for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. We address fundamental issues in biocatalyst discovery, biocatalyst engineering and process engineering. This set of activities reflects the interdisciplinary set of competences, from engineering to molecular biology, that is required to design successful processes. This includes, in the framework of our activities in synthetic biology, our work towards the transfer of more and more engineering concepts into the world of bio”engineering”, with the ultimate goal of converting biotechnology from a discovery science into a true engineering discipline.  
For a detailed overview on Sven Panke's research activities please visit our research page .

Short CV

Professional experience

2009 Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zürich, Basel, Switzerland

2007- 2008 Associate Professor, Bioprocess Laboratory, Institute of Process Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT), ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2006 Appointment as Full Professor at TU Berlin; Germany - declined

2004 Appointment as Full Professor at TU Hamburg, Germany - declined

2001-2007 Assistant Professor, Bioprocess Laboratory, Institute of Process Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT), ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1999-2001 Biocatalysis research scientist, DSM Pharma Products, Geleen, The Netherlands

1999 Ph.D., ETH Zurich, Institute of Biotechnology (Prof. B. Witholt)

1995-99 Graduate research assistant, Institute of Biotechnology (Prof. B. Witholt), ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1995 Diploma, Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

1993-94 Predoctoral fellow, Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CIB-CSIC, Prof. V. de Lorenzo), Madrid, Spain

1991-93 Research assistant, Dptmt of Microbiology, German National Research Centre for Biotechnology (GBF, Prof. K. N. Timmis), Braunschweig, Germany


2004 DSM Research Award
2000 ETH Silver medal


For a full overview on Sven Panke's publications please visit our publications page


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