Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jan Marienhagen

  Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jan Marienhagen Copyright: © Ralf-Uwe Limbach

Dr. Jan Marienhagen has headed the Synthetic Cell Factories teaching and research department at RWTH’s Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences since February 2019. At the same time, he has been a working group leader at the Biotechnology department of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

He is concerned with the design and construction of tailor-made microorganisms for the biotechnological production of chemicals and natural substances on the basis of renewable raw materials.


Born in1978 in Engelskirchen.


1998 to 2004 Studied Biology at the University of Düsseldorf and at the University of California, Davis, USA
2004 to 2005 Research stay at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, during his doctoral studies
2007 Doctorate, University of Düsseldorf


2007 to 2008 Research Assistant, Forschungszentrum Jülich

2008 to 2009

Postdoc at Jacobs University, Bremen
2009 to 2010 Subgroup Leader, RWTH Aachen University
Since 2011 Working group leader, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Free time: Diving, biking, traveling

I´m really optimistic in the mornings.

Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Laureate, 1993