Dr. Michael Traxlmayr from the Department of Chemistry of BOKU was decorated with the Doctoral Thesis Award 2013 of ÖGMBT.

Dr. Michael Traxlmayr was decorated with the Doctoral Thesis Award 2013 of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT), sponsored by the company Polymun. He performed his PhD thesis at the Department of Chemistry (Division of Biochemistry) within the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Antibody Engineering. Results of his work entitled “Stability engineering of IgG1-Fc by random mutagenesis and in vitro directed evolution" have been published in the following international journals:

Traxlmayr, M., Wozniak-Knopp, G., Stadlmayr, G., Rüker, F., Obinger, C. (2011) Integrin binding human antibody constant domains - probing the C-terminal structural loops for grafting the RGD motif. J. Biotechnol. 155, 193-202

Traxlmayr, M. W., Faissner, M., Stadlmayr, M., Hasenhindl, C., Rüker, F., Obinger, C. (2012) Directed evolution of stabilized scaffolds by application of strong heat shock to IgG1-Fc libraries displayed on yeast. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Proteins and Proteomics 1824, 542-549

Traxlmayr, M. W., Obinger, C. (2012) Directed evolution of proteins for increased stability and expression using yeast display. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 526, 174-180

Traxlmayr, M. W., Hasenhindl, C., Hackl, M., Stadlmayr, G., Rybka, J., Borth, N.,Grillari, J., Rüker, F., Obinger, C. (2012) Construction of a stability landscape of the CH3 domain of human IgG1 by combining directed evolution with high throughput sequencing. J. Mol. Biol. 423, 397-412

Traxlmayr, M. W., Lobner, E., Antes, B., Kainer, M., Wiederkum, S., Hasenhindl, C., Stadlmayr, G., Rüker, F., Woisetschläger, M., Moulder, K., Obinger, C. (2013) Directed evolution of yeast surface displayed Her2/neu-binding IgG-Fc for improvement of stability and resistance to aggregation. Protein Eng. Des. Sel. 26, 255-265

In 2013 Dr. Traxlmayr obtained a Schrödinger grant from the Austrian Sience Fund (FWF). Currently he works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Division of Chemical Engineering with Prof. K. Dane Wittrup. Title of his project: “A hyperstable minimalist protein for molecular recognition“. 2016 he will return ti the Department of Chemistry at BOKU.