Isabel Orf

Isabel Orf

Isabel Orf received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm (Germany). During her PhD studies, she investigated the central carbon metabolism of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. using an integrated metabolomics (GC-MS) and transcriptomics (RNASeq) approach, under the supervision of Joachim Kopka. Upon completion of her thesis, she received a Minerva Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work on a joint project between Yariv Brotman and Prof. Aaron Fait at the University of the Negev in Sde Boker (Israel). Using lipidomics, a GWAS approach, and predictive modelling, she aimed at elucidating lipid metabolism in rice grain and its impact on the field performance of rice plants. In 2017, Isabel moved to Cambridge (U.K.) to become the Analytical Scientist at Bactevo, a drug discovery company that is developing medicines for the treatment of diseases which involve defects in mitochondrial function. Her main task at Bactevo is the characterization of bioactive natural products using LC-MS and bio-/cheminformatics.