BURCKHARD SEELIG

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

PhD, Biochemistry, Freie Universitat Berlin

seelig@umn.edu
cbs.umn.edu/seelig-lab/home

Research Interests

Darwinian molecular evolution to generate novel proteins for synthetic biology and biomedical applications, study the origin and evolution of functional proteins, and investigate the history of the genetic code. Applied methods of in vitro and in vivo selection and evolution to generate de novo proteins with custom-made properties.

Bio

Burckhard Seelig’s research group implements Darwinian molecular evolution in a test tube to: (1) generate novel proteins for synthetic biology and biomedical applications; (2) study the origin and evolution of functional proteins; and (3) investigate the history of the genetic code. In his work, Burckhard applies methods of in vitro and in vivo selection and evolution to generate de novo proteins with custom-made properties. His lab also tailors existing enzymes to a variety of useful applications and established a general method to design novel enzymes from scratch.