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User:Kathleen Piens

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I obtained a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry at Ghent University (UGent), Belgium in 1991. I joined the group of Prof. Marc Claeyssens in 1995 at UGent where I completed my Ph.D. in 2001 on "Cellulolytic enzymes and specific ligands: a structure-function analysis". An EU Marie Curie Fellowship brought me in 2002 to Stockholm, Sweden for a 3-year postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. Tuula Teeri, Department of Wood Biotechnology (currently School of Biotechnology), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). My project, in close collaboration with Dr. Harry Brumer (KTH), was focusing on the determinants of transglycosylating versus hydrolytic activity in xyloglucan endotransglycosylases. In 2005 I moved back to Belgium to accept a Doctor Assistant position at the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, UGent, to lead the glycobiology research group of Prof. Em. Marc Claeyssens, who retired in Oct 2005. Presently I am continuing my research on the characterization of carbohydrate-active enzymes and the development of kinetic assays at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden in the group of Prof. Jerry Ståhlberg and Dr. Mats Sandgren.