Sotirios Kampranis is Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His work aspires to develop biological synthesis as the method of choice for the production of complex chemicals, replacing organic synthesis or extraction from plants, which are inefficient and detrimental to the environment.
To achieve this goal, his group applies a multi-disciplinary approach that combines the discovery of biosynthetic pathways with their reconstruction in engineered microorganisms for the sustainable synthesis of valuable compounds.
His group has pioneered the development of tools and applications in the following areas:
Elucidation of biosynthetic pathways of plant and microbial specialized metabolites.
Metabolic engineering of yeast for the bioproduction of high-value compounds.
Development of protein engineering methods for the optimization of cell factories.
Production of new-to-nature specialized metabolites by the combination of protein and metabolic engineering.
Development of yeast-based whole-cell biosensors for biotechnological applications.
Sotirios has a strong enthusiasm for turning academic ideas into real-life solutions through their commercialization and the development of industrial products. He is a co-founder and member of the board of directors of EvodiaBio (www.evodiabio.com(opens in new tab/window)), which focuses on the sustainable production of natural fragrances and flavours.