Simon Elsässer has read Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Tübingen and Harvard University. He joined the graduate program at Rockefeller University in 2007 and performed his thesis research in the Laboratory of Chromatin and Epigenetics headed by Lasker and Breakthrough Prize Awardee Dr. David Allis. Graduating in 2012, he moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he was an EMBO Fellow, Herchel Smith Fellow and Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, working with Jason Chin. Since 2015, he was a Science for Life Laboratory Fellow, Ming Wai Lau Fellow and Assistant Professor at Karolinska Institutet. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor and named Wallenberg Academy Fellow as well as SSF Future Research Leader.
Mohamad Takwa has read Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He joined the Biocatalysis group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in 2004 and performed his research thesis in Karl Hult’s lab on the study of rational design of enzymes. He held a Marie Curie PhD research fellowship (BIOMADE) and completed his PhD at KTH in 2010. In 2011 he joined Lund University on postdoctoral research fellow. In 2014 Mohamad started his carrier as entrepreneur by co-founding Bioextrax AB (publ), a biotech start-up active in the field of bioplastic production and biowaste valorization using unique microbial platform. Mohamad has co-founded several successful biotech and cleantech start-ups like: Thyrolytics, Spermosens (publ), Avsalt and Viraspec.