Activities

The uncertain future for many Scientists and the non-profit organization as a link between public and private sector research

July 13, 2022
To spread the idea of GENAWIF and for letting our network grow, it is important to get in touch with all interested groups that we can work with, which are scientists, the private sector economy, the general public, and especially

Participation in the Food Bioactives and Health Congress in Parma, Italy

June 27, 2022
Dr. Martin Gruhlke, Chairman of GENAWIF e.V., participated in the 3rd Food Bioactives and Health Congress in Parma, Italy. There he presented work on thioallylation of proteins by allicin from garlic. Thioallylation is an alteration of certain amino acid residues

Support by Aachener Bank

June 15, 2022
Aachener Bank e.G. supports the scientific work of GENAWIF e.V. by a donation to our association. This donation will contribute to the continuation and expansion of our various scientific projects, which also benefit the Aachen region. We would like to

The Plant Physiology Department at the RWTH Aachen and the events that led to the foundation of GENAWIF

April 27, 2022
The founding of GENAWIF is tightly linked to the history of the Department of Plant Physiology at the RWTH Aachen University and the so-called garlic group. To get an idea about Plant Physiology, it is basically the science about understanding

Symbiotecture

April 1, 2022
The course “Symbiotecture” is offered by the Institute of Building Technology at RWTH Aachen University and is aimed at students of architecture and biology. The aim is to design building concepts that use plants as an integral part of the

A Marketplace for laboratory infrastructure

March 17, 2022
GENAWIF is still quite young, however, it was important for us to have the opportunity to work in our own labs to let theory and practice come together in evaluating new ideas. But what if we were missing special equipment

Participation at the WFMG – Support for the local Food and Drinks Industry 

February 10, 2022
On January 27th 2022 we participated at the Branchentreffpunkt für Getränke und Lebensmittelwirtschaft, which was organized by the Wirtschaftsförderung Mönchengladbach (WFMG). Simplified, the WFMG is a limited liability company whose primary goal is to secure or create new jobs in

Cooperation with Landgard

February 2, 2022
Climate change is one of the central challenges of our time. In the future, long periods of drought in particular will negatively affect agricultural yields in the long term. With the kind support of the Landgard Foundation, we are working

The association

Who we are

We are scientists with many years of experience in the field of natural products and the elucidation of the mechanism of action of substances. In order to bundle this knowledge and experience and to make it usable in practice, we have founded GENAWIF on the basis of our expertise.

Team

What is our mission?

We are convinced that the research of natural and active substances, especially with regard to their effects on cells and organisms, needs a deeper attention from both the public and the scientific community. Both possible hazards posed by chemical compounds that may not yet have been clarified and novel and surprising applications of natural and active substances require a competent and innovative perspective. Based on the understanding of biological effectiveness and the knowledge of chemical properties, we can research new applications and bring them to fruition together with partners, thus contributing to sustainable economic activity, new jobs, security of supply through agriculture and new approaches to treating diseases in human and veternary medicine.

Allicin

How do we tackle these challenges?

Through our organisation as a non-profit association, it is clear that our goal is not to work in a profit-oriented way, but rather to work in a solution-oriented way. For this purpose, networking and information of the public as well as of experts, scientists and political decision-makers is important. In addition, we would like to make our experience and expertise available through consulting and contract research in order to prepare and carry out a basis for the implementation of our own research projects in cooperation with local, national and international actors. Due to our corporate tax-exempt organisational form we have access to private and public research funding, but due to the economic part of our work (consulting, training, events, etc.) we ourselves can make a fundamental contribution to the financing of our vision.

Library

Martin Gruhlke
Board
Dr. Martin Gruhlke
 
Dr. Martin Gruhlke, born in Heidelberg in 1983, studied biology with a focus on plant physiology and biochemistry at the RWTH Aachen University. He already dealt with the antimicrobial effect of allicin from garlic in his diploma thesis, which he continued during his doctoral and post-doctoral periods at the RWTH. His interest in researching natural products with regard to their cellular mode of action and the knowledge gained from this for application in agriculture and medicine led him to found the Society for Natural and Active Ingredient Research.

Jana Foerster
Financial administration
Dr. Jana Foerster
 
Jana Foerster, born in 1987 in Volgograd/Russia, studied Biosciences (B. Sc.) at TU Kaiserslautern and subsequently Biology with a focus on Plant Sciences (M. Sc.) at RWTH Aachen University.
After her master’s thesis on a proteome analysis of the allicin-resistant bacterium Pseudomonas (2014), she continued her work in Prof. Slusarenko’s research group at RWTH Aachen University as a doctoral student, researching the antimicrobial effect of allicin from garlic on lung pathogenic bacteria and investigating whether the medical treatment of lung infections with allicin is possible in principle using a newly developed lung model.
Since her doctorate (2020), she has taken part in various training courses, project and quality management and clinical data management. 

Jan Borlinghaus
Scientific advisory board
Dr. Jan Borlinghaus

Jan Borlinghaus, born 1985, started studying biology at RWTH Aachen University in 2005. He completed his diploma thesis (2012) at the Department of Plant Physiology in the field of plant sciences, where he developed a passion for molecular biology.
This was followed by a PhD in the same institute with a molecular biology question on the resistance mechanisms of an allicin-resistant bacterium Pseudomonas.
Since 2019, Jan has continued as a postdoc working on open questions related to the natural product allicin, but his interest has also shifted to synthetic biology and bioassays using baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as a model organism.


Michael Ries
Public relations
Michael Ries
 
Michael Ries, born in Schweinfurt in 1993, began his biology studies at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2012. The main focus of his studies was on pharmaceutical biology and biotechnology. In his Bachelor’s thesis, he researched the synthesis pathway of cardenolides in foxgloves, which are still used in medicine today.
After his B. Sc. degree (2016), Michael moved to RWTH Aachen University, where he gained insight into plant sciences in a research internship under Jan Borlinghaus at the Institute of Plant Physiology. As part of his Master’s thesis at the same institute , he developed a luciferase-based measurement system in baker’s yeast (S. cerevisiae).
After his M. Sc. degree (2020), he then moved to a biotechnology company in Monheim/Rhine to take over marketing there. Due to his successful way of working, he has since been able to recruit three more employees to support him in marketing.

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