Fabienne Wittling studied human and molecular biology at the Saarland University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2018. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant in the department of developmental biology (Prof. Dr. Uwe Walldorf) at the Saarland University Hospital (UKS). She also completed her master’s degree at the Saarland University (UdS) in the field of biotechnology in 2021. After finishing her master thesis at the HIPS in the department of Microbial Natural Products of Prof. Dr. Rolf Müller she returned in November 2021, working as a PhD student.
Her research focuses on the investigation of the biosynthesis of myxobacterial secondary metabolites. Currently, she is working on heterologous expression and genetic engineering of the gene cluster responsible for the production of Myxovalargin, a non-ribosomal peptide antibiotic, to examine gene/domain functions and to improve the antibiotic production. Furthermore, she deals with fermentation for production optimization.