Course Information

hands-on-pichia course 2019

hands-on-pichia course is suitable for:

Practitioners and researchers who want to expand their level of expertise as well as practical skills beyond the use of purchasable Pichia expression kits and standard protocols. On completion of this course, participants should be able to utilise the inherent potentials of the Pichia pastoris (Komagataella phaffii) expression and production system.

hands-on-pichia course 2019: key expertise for success

Key course topics cover all critical steps from a product idea to its production:

  • design of expression strategies
  • state-of-the-art laboratory procedures
  • crosstalk between molecular and bioprocess design
Graz University of Technology (the main organiser) encourages you to participate and welcomes you to Graz.

Course Specialists 2019

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*The number of places is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please, register by simple e-mail to Michaela Gerstmann. In response, you will receive an invoice and your registration will be guaranteed and binding.

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Please, contact us for multiple partnering and support opportunities within the hands-on-pichia course and to enhance the visibility of your company or its products.

In this hands-on-pichia course 2019, experts will explain and demonstrate the efficient use of the Pichia pastoris (Komagataella phaffii) expression and production system.

We will explore underlying concepts and provide insights into current laboratory practices, step-by-step protocols and novel innovative tools. In particular, a number of Pichia pastoris special features will be addressed to demonstrate how its full molecular capacity can be exploited when employed for production processes at different levels of scale. During hands-on laboratory sessions and small-group workshops, the participants will clarify and discuss suitable, tailor-made solutions for selected case studies.

Participants will be provided with supporting materials to guide them through the course.

Based on practical experience gained during this course, participants will acquire structured guidance on how to achieve optimum production performance using Pichia.

Laboratory Rules & Safety Instructions
– recommended resource «nomenclature»
– recommended resource «simulation»
– recommended prior reading «Pichia cultivation»: Looser et al. (2005)
– recommended prior reading «Pichia promoters»: Vogel et al. (2018)

Anton Glieder (TU Graz, Austria)

Michaela Gerstmann (TU Graz, Austria)

Anna Hatzl (TU Graz, Austria)

Karin Kovar (daspool, Wädenswil, Switzerland)

Knut Madden (BioGrammatics Inc., Carlsbad, California, U.S.A.)

Hana Raschmanova (UCT Prague, Czech Republic)

Christian Schmid (TU Graz, Austria)

Roland Weis (VALIDOGEN GmbH (formerly VTU Technology GmbH))

Katharina Ebner (TU Graz, Austria)

Jasmin Fischer (TU Graz, Austria)

Carsten Pichler (TU Graz, Austria)

Pierre Reinprecht (TU Graz, Austria)

Harald Pichler (TU Graz, Austria)

Industry specialists

2,450 € for industry participants 

1,750 € for participants from academia

These course fees cover:

  • entry to all workshops, laboratory and technology review sessions
  • all course and laboratory materials
  • the welcome reception
  • meals and drinks during the course
  • social programme including two dinners
  • a voucher* to support further working with Pichia
    (*terms and conditions will be detailed at the course)

Please note that course fees do not include accommodation

Supporters 2019