Professor Erwin Flaschel, University of Bielefeld, Germany, passed away recently.
His reasearch focused on fermentation engineering, downstream processing of proteins and plasmid DNA as well as enzyme engineering and biocatalysis.
Erwin Flaschel studied chemistry at the Technical University Carolo–Wilhelmina, Braunschweig, Germany, and received his Ph.D. for research into continuous reaction engineering with soluble enzymes from the Technical University Hanover, Germany, in 1976. In 1977, he was appointed as a research assistant in the group of Professor A. Renken at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland. He stayed there until 1990 and held a number of different positions, including lecturer and senior assistant. In 1990, he moved to the newly established Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bielefeld and set up a research group that focused on fermentation technology, biocatalysis, and enzyme technology. He has stayed here ever since, holding the position of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1992–1993.
Flaschel became a member of the “Technik biologischer Prozesse” (Biotechnology Processes) group of DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology), Germany, in 2000 and has taken an active role in this society. He was chairman of this group from 2003–2009 and became a board member of the biotechnology section of DECHEMA in 2009. Flaschel also was a member of the editorial board of Engineering in Life Sciences.
- Antibiotic-free segregational plasmid stabilization in Escherichia coli owing to the knockout of triosephosphate isomerase (tpiA),
Ram Shankar Velur Selvamani, Maurice Telaar, Karl Friehs, Erwin Flaschel,
Microb. Cell Fact. 2014, 13, 58.
- Extracellular recombinant protein production under continuous culture conditions with Escherichia coli using an alternative plasmid selection mechanism,
Ram Shankar Velur Selvamani, Karl Friehs, Erwin Flaschel,
Bioprocess Biosyst. Eng. 2014, 37, 401–413.
- Quantitative Analysis of Plasmid Forms by Agarose and Capillary Gel Electrophoresis,
Torsten Schmidt, Karl Friehs, Martin Schleef, Carsten Voss, Erwin Flaschel,
Anal. Biochem. 1999, 274, 235–240.
- Alfalfa and tobacco cells react differently to chitin oligosaccharides and Sinorhizobium meliloti nodulation factors,
Ruth Baier, Karin Schiene, Bodo Kohring, Erwin Flaschel, Karsten Niehaus,
Planta 1999, 210, 157–164.
- Extracellular production of a hybrid β-glucanase from Bacillus by Escherichia coli under different cultivation conditions in shaking cultures and bioreactors,
G. Miksch, R. Neitzel, E. Fiedler, K. Friehs, E. Flaschel,
Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 1997, 47, 120–126.