Heinzle Elmar, Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn.




Technische Biochemie (Biochemical Engineering)
Campus A1.5, Room 2.7

Tel: +49 - 681- 302 2905 or 3405
FAX: +49 - 681- 302 4572





1949                 Born in Götzis, Voralberg, Austria

1969-1974         Study of Technical Chemistry, branch Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Technical University of Graz.
Diploma (Hons.)

1975-1978         Dissertation at the Institute of Biotechnology at the Technical University of Graz (Prof. R.M. Lafferty).
“ Growth and synthesis of poly-
b-hydroxybutyric acid (PHB) in Alcaligenes eutrophus, extraction of the polymer and their mathematical modelling”. (Hons.)


Professional career


1978-1985         Chemical Engineering Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

1985-1987         Laboratory of Biotechnology and Biochemistry of the Joanneum Research Association in Graz, Austria.

1987-1997         Chemical Engineering Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

1994                 Habilitation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich.

1997 -               Full Professor for Biochemical Engineering (Technische Biochemie) at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.

2001                 Founding member of the Center for Bioinformatics (Saarland University, Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics, Fraunhofer Institut for Biomedical Engineering, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)

2003                 Guest Professor Biotechnology Institute (University of Minnesotta, St. Paul) (Oct. – Dec)

2004                 Guest Professor Agricultural Department (University of Kyoto, Kyoto) (Jan. - March)


Research Interests

Systems Biotechnology

Cell factories - Metabolic engineering

Pharmaceutical-medical applications

Microbial and mammalian cell cultures

Functional genomics using metabolome and fluxome analysis

Modelling and simulation of metabolic networks
Application of mass spectrometry in metabolic network analysis

Mass spectrometric analysis of biochemical kinetics

Proteome analysis for network characterization


Bioreactors for metabolic network characterization

Microbial production of amino acids and secondary metabolites



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