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Dr. Julian Thiele, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany


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Julian Thiele is a group leader at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Germany). He received his BSc from Lund University and his diploma from Hamburg University, both degrees in chemistry in 2008. During his PhD, he worked with David A. Weitz at Harvard University, and graduated from Bayreuth University in 2011. Funded by the Humboldt Foundation, he worked as a postdoc with Wilhelm T. S. Huck at Radboud University Nijmegen on surfactant design for droplet microfluidics, cell differentiation in artificial 3D matrices, and copolymer vesicles from microdroplet templates.

After a short stay at Dresden University of Technology (2014-2015), he is leading one of the five young investigator groups in the newly founded Leibniz Research Cluster since October 2015 ( As part of the strategy “Biotechnology 2020+” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the LRC aims at developing novel multifunctional, cell-free platforms for biotechnological processes combining natural sciences and engineering with clear applications in drug development beyond the stage of model systems.

Beyond the activities in the LRC, Julian Thiele’s research interests include microfluidic flow cells with integrated functional components, biochemical reactions in polymer hydrogels, and metabolic engineering.

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Selected publications:
1. Designer hydrogels for cell cultures: a materials selection guide, Adv. Mater. 2014, 26, 125-147.

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