Researcher biography

Yosephine Gumulya has a degree in Food Technology (2004) from Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) and a Master of Biotechnology (2007) from Technical University Hamburg Harburg (Germany). She completed her PhD in 2010 at Max Planck Institute for Coal Research (Germany), where she learned how to mimic the natural evolution in laboratory and use this technique to generate novel enzymes for biotechnology applications. After spending 1.5 years working for food industry in Spain, in October 2012, she decided to pursue an academic career by doing postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof Elizabeth Gillam and A.Prof. Mikael Boden. Her research has focused on protein engineering and ancestral sequence reconstruction. This knowledge is essential for understanding the protein evolutionary histroy as well for creating robust yet promiscous enzymes for industrial applications.