Riaan den Haan

Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 11:00-12:00
Engineering natural isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for applications in lignocellulosic biorefineries

In 2003, Riaan den Haan earned his PhD from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, developing a heterologous protein expression system for Pichia stipitis. Subsequently as a postdoctoral researcher at the same institution, he collaborated with researchers from Dartmouth College (USA) and VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland) to create yeast strains capable of producing bioethanol via fermentation of sugar polymers found in plant biomass. Since 2014, Prof. Den Haan has been employed by the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). As principal investigator, he leads a research group dedicated to developing yeast strains proficient in converting biomass into second-generation biofuels and higher value chemical building blocks. This involves enhancing strain robustness, improving the secretion of foreign proteins, and facilitating non-sterile fermentations. Prof. Den Haan has maintained collaborative research endeavours with groups at Stellenbosch University, and he has established a longstanding partnership with Professor Tomohisa Hasunuma of Kobe University, Japan.


Visit us on Social Media

Please note: All information requested on the website and registration process is strictly for the use of the Congress in compliance with international privacy legislation. By completing this registration form you will agree that the Congress will use this data to keep you fully informed of the Congress in 2024. The data will then be retained by the Congress secretariat for the purposes of informing you about activities and future meetings. On the registration form, You will also have the opportunity to agree separately to allow key data (Name, Company, Email Address) to be shared with sponsors and exhibitors who are participating in the Congress in 2024. We will not pass any details to any companies not participating in the Congress in 2024.