Prof Dr Deniz Tasdemir

Deniz Tasdemir is full professor in marine natural product chemistry at both GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) and Kiel University (Germany) since 2014. She is the head of the GEOMAR Research Unit Marine Natural Products Chemistry and the director of the GEOMAR Centre for Marine Biotechnology (GEOMAR-Biotech). She obtained her PhD degree in phytochemistry at ETH-Zurich (1997), followed by a post-doctoral training on anticancer sponge metabolites at the University of Utah (USA, 1998-2001). She then worked at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Zurich and was senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of London (now UCL). In 2011, she was appointed as full professor in Marine Biodiscovery at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research interests include marine biotechnology with strong focus on marine biodiscovery (against human and crop diseases), comparative metabolomics and chemical ecology. She applies molecular network-based automated metabolomics, OSMAC, microbial co-cultivation and imaging mass spectrometry (DESI-IMS) as research tools on marine invertebrates, seaweeds, marine bacteria and fungi from both temperate and extreme (e.g. polar) marine environments. Prof. Tasdemir is the recipient of many distinctions and prestigious awards, including ETH-Zurich Silver medal (Distinction for PhD, 1997), Pierre Fabre Prize of Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE, 2004), Egon-Stahl Silver Medal of Society for Medicinal Plant Research and Natural Products (GA, 2005) and Waters Award for Excellence in Natural Product Innovation (2016). Since 2009, Prof. Tasdemir has been serving in the Advisory Board of the Society for Medicinal Plant & Natural Product Research (GA). Previously she was designated as Permanent Committee member of the GA Young Researchers Workshop (2009-2015) and the membership secretary of the PSE (2008-2013). Prof. Tasdemir serves in the editorial/advisory editorial board of several international journals, including Marine Drugs, Planta Medica, Phytochemistry Letters. She has guest-edited several special issues in Journal of Natural Products, Marine Drugs and Planta Medica.