Christian Zerfaß, Ph.D.

Christian Zerfaß, Ph.D.

Feature Writer

Ph.D. Protein Biochemistry

Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, Biomineralisation

Christian is an enthusiastic life scientist who wants to understand the world around us. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Protein Biochemistry from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, in 2015, after which he moved to Warwick University in the UK to become a post-doctoral researcher in Synthetic Biology.

Throughout his research career, Christian has enjoyed reading and learning about scientific advances to combine existing knowledge into new concepts. He realized that while there is plenty of information available in literature, good science often becomes not sourced efficiently as it lacks context. This led him into a career in scientific communications, as a means to support the dissemination of information.

Christian believes that facilitating the exchange of knowledge can elicit collaboration among people with different skill sets, to create synergies that can solve the big challenges of our times, from climate change to environmental pollution. However, he also thinks that for a new technology to become a success, our desire for information needs to be satisfied to build trust and acceptance for scientific advances.

Christian has experience in various biochemical analysis methods, including various chromatography systems, circular dichroism spectroscopy, isothermal titration and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy.

In the scientific communications area, Christian enjoys learning both about the science of today and the past. Critical evaluation of scientific findings and their consequences drives and has driven science, and has opened enormous possibilities to our society.

In his free time, Christian enjoys literature, arts, and diving. He also volunteers for the UK Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) ‘Chemists’ Community Fund’, the charitable arm of the RSC which provides help to chemists in financially or personally difficult circumstances.

In this role, he saw it as a great inspiration to know that there are many volunteers who team up and give their time and effort to help others who are less fortunate. In the end, the best scientific advancements are those which have a positive impact on the lives of everyone.

Articles from Christian

Flow cytometry for microbial bioreactor viability analysis

Flow cytometry for microbial bioreactor viability analysis

Microfluidic Imaging Flow Cytometry – Challenges and Developments

Microfluidic Imaging Flow Cytometry – Challenges and Developments

Using Flow Cytometry to Look at Paracrine Signaling

Using Flow Cytometry to Look at Paracrine Signaling

Separation of Heart Cells by Flow Cytometry

Separation of Heart Cells by Flow Cytometry

Preventing Pesticide-Residues in Food Products

Preventing Pesticide-Residues in Food Products

Authenticating Complex Herbal Products using Liquid Chromatography

Authenticating Complex Herbal Products using Liquid Chromatography

Revealing the Molecular Basis of Fragrances using Gas Chromatography

Revealing the Molecular Basis of Fragrances using Gas Chromatography

Driving Stem Cell Differentiation in Teeth using a Hardened Polymer Matrix

Driving Stem Cell Differentiation in Teeth using a Hardened Polymer Matrix

Interfacial Protein Monolayers are Strong Enough to Hold a Cell

Interfacial Protein Monolayers are Strong Enough to Hold a Cell

Creating Hypoimmunogenic Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)

Creating Hypoimmunogenic Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)