DECHEMA awards Lars Regestein the "Hochschullehrer-Nachwuchspreis"
He receives the prize in the biotechnology category
| by Ronja Münch
During the spring meeting of the DECHEMA BioTechNet and the Fachgemeinschaftstag Bildung und Innovation, DECHEMA awarded its Hochschullehrer-Nachwuchspreis, a prize for junior university lecturers. The candidates presented current research topics and demonstrated their didactic qualities in their lectures. The decision was based on the audience's vote as well as the vote of a jury consisting of members of the Steering Committee of DECHEMA's Education and Innovation Section. Both the didactic quality and the structure and interdisciplinary aspects of the presentations were taken into account. In total, the award was given to four lecturers in the fields of biotechnology, technical chemistry and process engineering.
Lars Regestein, deputy head of the Bio Pilot Plant department at Leibniz-HKI, received the DECHEMA Hochschullehrer-Nachwuchspreis for Biotechnology. His presentation on the crucial role and technical challenges of overpressure in bioprocesses involving the transfer of poorly soluble gases into liquids impressed both the audience and the jury. The prize is endowed with 1,500 euros. In addition, a laboratory device donated by the company Infors HT was awarded as a non-cash prize.
Lars Regestein studied processing and chemical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden and completed his diploma thesis on bacterial mixed cultures at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg. In 2007, he started his PhD under the scientific supervision of Prof. Jochen Büchs at RWTH Aachen University in the field of reactor calorimetry and high cell density fermentation, which he successfully completed in 2012. Subsequently, he became a senior engineer at the same department and worked on the research areas of viscous systems, mixed culture processes and integrated downstream processes. He interrupted his time in Aachen in 2014/15 for a research stay as Adjunct Research Professor at Western University in London, Ontario/Canada in the group of Prof. Lars Rehmann. Since 2017, Lars Regestein has been conducting research at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute - in Jena, Germany. His group develops and scales up processes for newly discovered (active) substances on a picoliter to cubic meter scale.