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Doctoral Research Fellow

Sauter, Roland

Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

Job description:

My work involves bioinformatics, systems biology and biochemistry.
I focus on modeling bacterial metabolism and along with that I develop the necessary methods for a variety of applications.

My work roughly divides into these topics:

Biotechnological models for production of Bioplastics

I try to optimize bacteria for the production of industrially valuable material from waste streams.

Models of microbial communities, primarily focused on Arctic soil microbiome

I develop bioinformatic methods to better model metabolic communities. The practical example I work on is a model of an Arctic Soil Microbiome.

Comparative approaches to guide modeling

Analyzing genomics and proteomics along withphylogenetics. To better understand how pathways behave and differ in different organisms.

Research interests

I am working on metabolic modeling of arctic microorganisms.
Using a modeling-guided biotechnological engineering approach, I want to identify optimal growth conditions for the production of desired polymers.
The ultimate goal is to turn waste material into industrial products.
This is challenging as the pathways are central, complex, as well as poorly understood and characterized so far.
Experimental partners will be providing initial results that will be integrated into our modeling approach.
In turn, I hope to improve and speed up experimental design, turning the current screening based approach into efficient targeted engineering.
Besides multi-level metabolic modeling, the project also includes a comparative approach to better understand the pathways involved, especially those determining product composition.


I teach in a variety of courses related to Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, or Biochemistry, along with some basics:

Modeling Plants for Green Biotechnology

Genome Sequencing, Sequence alignment, and Metagenomics

Publications in CRIStin

  • Sauter, Roland; Heiland, Ines. Arctic Marine Bioplastics. 3rd annual meeting of NORBIS 2017-08-08 - 2017-08-10 2017.

  • Sauter, Roland; Heiland, Ines. Metabolic Modeling of Marine Biomass Conversion. 1st annual BioCat Meeting 2016-06-12 - 2016-06-14 2016.

  • Member of research group