Dr. Alexander Wentzel works as a Senior research scientist in the Research group for Sustainable Biotechnologies and Bioprospecting at the Department of Biotechnology and Nanomedicine at SINTEF Industry in Trondheim, Norway. He studied Biology and holds a PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Göttingen, Germany. After two post-doc periods at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU he joined SINTEF in 2010.
His main scientific interest lies within studying microbial biodiversity in nature and exploiting its genetic potential for the discovery and development of new bioactive compounds and biocatalysts with a wide range of applications. In addition, his work covers the development and use of microbial cell factories in industrial biotechnology processes, pharmaceutical R&D, and new biotech-based solutions for the circular bioeconomy.
He thereby combines, as required, his competences in molecular genetics, microbiology, functional metagenomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, synthetic biology, enzyme biochemistry, and high throughput screening to identify and develop new opportunities for biotechnology towards solving some of today's grand societal challenges.
Within his focus areas, Alexander Wentzel is regularly leading projects at the national and European level. Among others, he is currently SINTEF Principal Investigator in Horizon 2020 projects AtlantECO, EnXylaScope, and MARBLES, and coordinator of BBI JU project PERFECOAT and Horizon 2020 Green Deal project PYROCO2.