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Timo Niedermeyer

Timo Niedermeyer

Timo Niedermeyer

RG Pharmacognosy
Institute of Pharmacy
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Room 718                                     
Hoher Weg 8
D-06120 Halle (Saale)

Tel. +49 345 55 25765

Curriculum vitae

since 4/2017

Professor at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

  • current focus: chemical and biological screening of actinomycete and cyanobacteria strains, fermentation of strains, isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive (esp. antiinfective and cytotoxic) natural products
  • further projects: chemical interactions of (micro-)organisms; development of software tools to support structure elucidation of natural products; uptake and transport of natural products in the human body
11/2013 - 3/2017

Assistant Professor for antiinfective natural products at the University of Tübingen, Germany, as part of the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF)

9/2008 - 11/2013

Head of Natural Product R&D at Cyano Biotech GmbH, Berlin, Germany

  • responsible for the complete natural product hit identification process: analytical screening of cyanobacterial strains, selection of strains for upscaling, extraction of biomass, fractionation and isolation of compounds, library management, structure elucidation
  • responsible for international customer relationships, research collaborations and company representation at scientific conferences and trade fairs
  • one substance advanced into early preclinical studies; successfully coordinated the work of up to 9 FTE in an international team as project leader of a three-year project
12/2004 - 8/2008

Research fellow at Riemser Arzneimittel AG, Greifswald, Germany

  • responsible for the quality documentation of several drug products and respective CMO audits and CMO/CRO relationships; team leader of various national and international drug development projects
  • analytical method development and validation; preparation of SOPs; definition of product specifications; work in GLP laboratory
  • established quality documentation and coordinated establishing a novel contract manufacturer for a product that is now registered at the EMA
  • 9/2005 - 10/2007 extra-occupational postgraduate course "Chemical Analysis and Spectroscopy" at the University of Leipzig, Germany
6/2002 - 11/2004

Practical work for the doctoral thesis at the School of Pharmacy (Pharmacognosy) of the EMA-University Greifswald and the Ganomycin GmbH; PhD awarded 4/2006

  • isolation and characterization of fungal natural products including all preparative and structure elucidation work
  • chemical syntheses using enzymes as catalysts
  • eight original publications resulting from 2.5 years in the laboratory
5/2001 - 5/2002

Practical training for pharmacists according to German law (AAppO) in two pharmacological groups at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff, UK, and in a local pharmacy (Prenz'l-Apotheke), Berlin, Germany; Licensure as Pharmacist

10/1996 - 4/2001

Studies in Pharmacy at the Free University, Berlin, Germany


Scientific Awards

  • 2007: Carl-Wilhelm-Scheele-Preis (Promotionspreis der DPhG)
  • 2022: AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (Publikationspreis der AAAS für die beste Publikation in der Zeitschrift Science 2021)


The publication list can be found here.


Commissions of Trust

  • since 2013: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Cyano Biotech GmbH, Berlin, German
  • since 2013: Member of the Editorial Board, Natural Products and Bioprospecting (Springer)