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)


Beemelmanns C, Woznica A, Alegado RA, Cantley AM, King N, Clardy J (2014) Synthesis of the rosette-inducing factor RIF-1 and analogs. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136(29), 10210-10213.
Kim KH, Beemelmanns C, Murillo C, Guillén A, Umaña L, Tamayo-Castillo G., Kim SN, Clardy J, Cao, S (2014) Naphthalenones and isocoumarins from a Costa Rican fungus Xylariaceae sp. CR1546C Journal of Chemical Research 38(12), 722-725.
Kim KH, Ramadhar TR, Beemelmanns C, Cao S, Poulsen M, Currie CR, Clardy J (2014) Natalamycin A, an ansamycin from a termite-associated Streptomyces sp Chem. Sci. 5(11), 4333-4338.
Ramadhar TR, Beemelmanns C, Currie CR, Clardy J (2014) Bacterial symbionts in agricultural systems provide a strategic source for antibiotic discovery. J Antibiot (Tokyo) 67(1), 53-58.
Beemelmanns C, Gross S, Reissig HU (2013) Towards the core structure of Strychnos alkaloids using samarium diiodide-induced reactions of indole derivatives. Chemistry 19(52), 17801-17808.
Beemelmanns C, Husmann R, Whelligan DK, Özcubukçu S, Bolm C (2012) Planar Chiral Disilanols and Diols as H-Bonding Asymmetric Organocatalysts Eur. J. Org. Chem. , 3373-3376.
Beemelmanns C, Lentz D, Reissig HU (2011) Samarium diiodide induced cyclizations of γ-, δ- and ε-indolyl ketones: reductive coupling, intermolecular trapping, and subsequent transformations of indolines. Chemistry 17(35), 9720-9730.
Beemelmanns C, Reissig HU (2011) New Samarium Diiodide Induced Cyclizations Pure Appl. Chem. 83, 507-518.
Beemelmanns C, Reissig HU (2011) Samarium diiodide induced ketyl-(het)arene cyclisations towards novel N-heterocycles. Chem Soc Rev 40(5), 2199-2210.
Beemelmanns C, Blot V, Gross S, Lentz D, Reissig HU (2010) Highly Diastereoselective Samarium Diiodide Induced Ketyl Cyclizations of Indole and Pyrrole Derivatives – Scope and Limitations. Eur J Org Chem 2010(14), 2716-2732.