Günter Mayer, University of Bonn, Germany
Prof. Günter Mayer is Professor of Chemical Biology & Chemical Genetics at the University of Bonn, Germany, since 2010 and Director of the Center of Aptamer Research and Development since 2018.
He obtained a MSc in Chemistry (1998) from LMU Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Biochemistry (2001) from the University of Bonn, Germany. He co-founded NascaCell Technologies AG in 2001 but then returned to academia working as group leader/reader at the universities of Bonn and Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK before achieving tenure at Bonn.
His laboratory is focused on answering these questions:
- How can aptamer technology be used to understand biological phenomena?
- How can nucleic acids be exploited as drugs or drug targets to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications?
- What are the underlying principles of nucleic acid evolution in the test tube and how can these be employed to generate novel compounds?