Christian Lieven

Christian Lieven

Post-Doc
Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

Christian Lieven is a Post-Doc at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.

He received his B.Sc. in molecular biotechnology at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg in 2012. For his M.Sc. thesis in 2015 at the Institute for Applied Microbiology in Aachen, he reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic model of Ustilago maydis, a basidiomycete fungus relevant in the production of organic acids and lipids from crude glycerol.

During his PhD in the Design group of the iLoop Core, a translational research unit focused on microbial cell factory engineering at the Center for Biosustainability, Christian has been working on the EFPro2 project: in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Vestjyllands Andel and Unibio A/S he reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic model for the methanotroph Methylococcus capsulatus. Coordinating with Unibio's specialists, Christian has used this model to consolidate data and explore fermentation strategies. Furthermore, by engaging the COBRA community, Christian and colleagues developed `memote`, a software for quality control of genome-scale metabolic models inspired by common software development practises (https://memote.io/upload).

Christian is interested in emerging technologies to harness the potential of C1 feedstocks, high-quality software development for the scientific community, and the standardization and maintenance of genome-scale metabolic reconstructions. Recently, he has joined the DD-DeCaF project which is focused on building services for data-driven design of cell factories and communities (http://dd-decaf.eu/).