Pierre Stallforth

Dr. Pierre Stallforth

Paleobiotechnology · Head +49 3641 532-1527 pierre.stallforth@leibniz-hki.de

Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Natural products from prehistoric samples
  • Natural products from microbial interactions (microbial predator-prey associations, amoebae-bacteria interactions)
  • Structure elucidation and biosynthetic studies
Professional Career
2020 Head of the Department Paleobiotechnology, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, (Hans-Knöll-Institute, Jena) 
2019 - 2020 Interim Professorship Organic Chemistry University of Hamburg 
2013 - 2019 Junior research group leader, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, (Hans-Knöll-Institute, Jena) 
2011-2013 Postdoc, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Boston, Supervisor: Prof. Jon Clardy
2006-2010 Graduate studies (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich), ETH Zurich and Max Planck Institute, colloids and interfaces, biomolecular systems, Berlin supervisors: Prof. Peter H. Seeberger “synthesis of bacterial carbohydrates and glycolipids for application in novel vaccine srategies”
2002-2006 MSc studies chemistry, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (1st class, being placed 2nd out of 150 students)
Master thesis, University of Oxford “dynamics of a quantum dot in a magnetic field” (1st class)
2002 Abitur (A-levels) at the Paul-Klee-Gymnasium Gersthofen, Germany
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
2020 Academy of Sciences Göttingen, Academy Prize for Chemistry
2019 DECHEMA Research Award Natural Product Research
2018 Medac Research Award
2018 Best Talk Prize, Bioorganic Symposium, Bochum 2018
2018 Max Buchner Stipend, DECHEMA
2017 Prize for the Best Talk (2017 Dicty Meeting)
2016 Medac Research Award
2014  Fellowship of the Daimler and Benz Foundation
2012 Feodor Lynen-postdoc fellowship (Humboldt Foundation)
2011 Swiss National Fund Postdoc fellowship
2007 PhD fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Merit Foundation)
2005 Gibbs prize for excellence in the final examination
2005-2007 Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2003 and 2004 Turbutt prize for excellence in practical organic chemistry
2003-2006 University of Oxford, open scholarship
2002 Prize for the best Abitur (A-levels) at the Paul-Klee-Gymnaisum


Baunach M, Chowdhury S, Stallforth P, Dittmann E (2021) The landscape of recombination events that create nonribosomal peptide diversity. Mol Biol Evol 38(5), 2116-2130.
Zhang S, Mukherji R, Chowdhury S, Reimer L, Stallforth P (2021) Lipopeptide-mediated bacterial interaction enables cooperative predator defense. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 118(6), e2013759118.
Goetze S, Stallforth P (2020) Structure elucidation of bacterial nonribosomal lipopeptides. Org Biomol Chem 18(9), 1710-1727. (Review)
Götze S, Stallforth P (2020) Structure, properties, and biological functions of nonribosomal lipopeptides from pseudomonads. Nat Prod Rep 37(1), 29-54. (Review)
Klapper M, Schlabach K, Paschold A, Zhang S, Chowdhury S, Menzel KD, Rosenbaum MA, Stallforth P (2020) Biosynthesis of pseudomonas-derived butenolides. Angew Chem Int Ed 59(14), 5607-5610.
Mukherji R, Zhang S, Chowdhury S, Stallforth P (2020) Chimeric LuxR transcription factors rewire natural product regulation. Angew Chem Int Ed 59(15), 6192-6195.
Seyedsayamdost M, Stallforth P (2020) Special issue in honor of Professor Jon Clardy. J Nat Prod 83(3), 565-568. (Review)
Stallforth P (2020) Cellular microbiology interview ‐ Dr. Pierre Stallforth. Cell Microbiol 22(5), e13188. (Review)
Fischer D, Gessner G, Fill TP, Barnett R, Tron K, Dornblut K, Kloss F, Stallforth P, Hube B, Heinemann SH, Hertweck C, Scherlach K, Brunke S (2019) Disruption of membrane integrity by the bacteria-derived antifungal jagaricin. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 63(9), e00707-19.
Götze S, Arp J, Lackner G, Zhang S, Kries H, Klapper M, García-Altares M, Willing K, Günther M, Stallforth P (2019) Structure elucidation of the syringafactin lipopeptides provides insight in the evolution of nonribosomal peptide synthetases. Chem Sci 10(48), 10979-10990.