Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Isolation and determination of the structure of signal molecules and antimicrobial natural products
  • Characterisation of interactions between microbes and eucaryotes
  • Total synthesis of natural products and chemical derivatisation
Professional Career
since 01/2022 Professor of Biochemistry of Microbial Metabolism at the University of Leipzig
Since 12/2013 Junior group head at the Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans-Knöll-Institute, Jena, chemical biology of microbe-host-interactions
2011-2013 Postdoc at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, supervisor: Prof. J. Clardy, BCMP, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
2010-2011 Postdoc at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, chemical faculty (Tokyo, Japan) supervisor: Prof. K. Suzuki
2010 Dr. rer. nat. in chemistry, summa cum laude, Freie Universität Berlin
2007-2010 PhD dissertation, organic chemistry instructed by Prof. H.-U. Reißig at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
2006-2007 Research period at the RIKEN, chemistry, in the working group of Prof. M. Sodeoka (Japan)
2001-2006 Studies in chemistry, diploma at the RWTH Aachen (Germany)
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
2021 Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Preise für Naturstoffforschung
2020 Dozentenpreis des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
2020 Visiting Professor in Madison Wisconsin USA
2019-2024 ERC Starting GRant MORPHEUS
2014-2015 Postdoc fellowship from the Daimler and Benz Foundation and the Reinhard Frank Foundation
Since 2014 Membership VAAM, FEMS and IUMS
Since 2014 Membership Dechema
Since 2014 Membership National Research Foundation of Korea
2011-2013 Postdoc fellowship from the Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften; Postdoc fellowship from the DFG rejected
2011 Ernst-Reuter-Award of the Freie Universität Berlin; Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft der Freunde, Förderer und Ehemaligen der Freien Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
2010-2011 Postdoc fellowship from the DAAD
Since 2010 Member of the commission, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2007-2010 Networking fellowship for doctoral researchers at the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2007-2009 Doctoral fellowship funded by the Verband Chemischen Industrie (VCI)
2006 Springorum commemorative coin from the RWTH Aachen (Aachen, Germany)
2006 Procter and Gamble award, expert group chemistry at the RWTH Aachen
2006-2007 RIKEN fellowship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2004-2006 Studies in chemistry: fellowship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Since 2003 Member of the GDCH
2003 Chemical award from the faculty for mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, RWTH Aachen
2003 Schöneborn award from the Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der RWTH Aachen e.V., RWTH Aachen (Aachen, Germany)


Yoon SY, Lee SR, Hwang JY, Benndorf R, Beemelmanns C, Chung SJ, Kim KH (2019) Fridamycin A, a microbial natural product, stimulates glucose uptake without inducing adipogenesis. Nutrients 11(4), 765.
Benndorf R, Guo H, Sommerwerk E, Weigel C, Garcia-Altares M, Martin K, Hu H, Kuefner M, de Beer ZW, Poulsen M, Beemelmanns C (2018) Natural products from Actinobacteria associated with fungus-growing termites. Antibiotics 7(3), 83.
Guo H, Benndorf R, König S, Leichnitz D, Weigel C, Peschel G, Berthel P, Kaiser M, Steinbeck C, Werz O, Poulsen M, Beemelmanns C (2018) Expanding the rubterolone family: Intrinsic reactivity and directed diversification of PKS‐derived pyrans. Chem Eur J 24(44), 11319-11324.
Guo H, Schmidt A, Stephan P, Raguž L, Braga D, Kaiser M, Dahse HM, Weigel C, Lackner G, Beemelmanns C (2018) Precursor-directed diversification of cyclic tetrapeptidic pseudoxylallemycins. ChemBioChem 19(21), 2307-2311.
Lee RS, Lee D, Yu JS, Benndorf R, Lee S, Lee DS, Huh J, de Beer ZW, Kim YH, Beemelmanns C, Kang KS, Kim KH (2018) Natalenamides A-C, cyclic tripeptides from the termite-associated Actinomadura sp. RB99. Molecules 23(11), 3003.
Lee SR, Song JH, Song JH, Ko HJ, Baek JY, Trinh TA, Beemelmanns C, Yamabe N, Kim KH (2018) Chemical identification of isoflavonoids from a termite-associated Streptomyces sp. RB1 and their neuroprotective effects in murine hippocampal HT22 cell line. Int J Mol Sci 19(9), 2640.
Park YJ, Lee SR, Kim DM, Yu JS, Beemelmanns C, Chung KH, Kim KH (2018) The inhibitory effects of cyclodepsipeptides from the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana on myofibroblast differentiation in A549 alveolar epithelial cells. Molecules 23(10), 2568.
Rischer M, Raguz L, Guo H, Keiff F, Diekert G, Goris T, Beemelmanns C (2018) Biosynthesis, synthesis and activities of barnesin A, a NRPS-PKS hybrid produced by an anaerobic Epsilonproteobacterium. ACS Chem Biol 13(8), 1990-1995.
Wichard T, Beemelmanns C (2018) Role of chemical mediators in aquatic interactionas across the prokaryote eukaryote boundary. J Chem Ecol 44(11), 1008-1021. (Review)
Beemelmanns C, Ramadhar TR, Kim KH, Klassen JL, Cao S, Wyche TP, Hou Y, Poulsen M, Bugni TS, Currie CR, Clardy J (2017) Macrotermycins A-D, Glycosylated Macrolactams from a Termite-Associated Amycolatopsis sp. M39. Org Lett 19(5), 1000-1003.