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Meet the Team

Current Group  |   Jan Deska   |   Alumni

CV as pdf: in english | auf deutsch
Jan Deska, Prof. Dr.


* 27.05.1979 in Quierschied/Germany


Curriculum Vitae

University of Helsinki, Finland

since 1/2022: Professor for Synthetic Chemistry

Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

8/2015 – 12/2021: Associate professor for Synthetic Organic Chemistry (tenure track)

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

4/2012 – 3/2015: Chair substitute – Organic Chemistry I

University of Cologne, Germany

7/2014: Habilitation, venia legendi in Organic Chemistry

4/2010 – 7/2015: Liebig junior research group leader: 'Synthetic Biocatalysis'


Stockholm University, Sweden

2/2008 – 3/2010: Postdoc with J.-E. Bäckvall: 'Novel transition metal-catalyzed

racemizations in chemoenzymatic dynamic kinetic resolutions'


Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

10/2007 – 12/2007: Postdoc with G. Mehta: 'Studies towards the total synthesis of

phaeofuran A'


Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

4/2007 – 10/2007: Postdoc with R. Müller and U. Kazmaier: 'Investigations on the

biosynthesis of cinnabaramide/salinosporamide'

11/2004 – 4/2007: Doctoral studies under supervision of U. Kazmaier: 'Chelated

peptide ester enolates in the palladium-catalyzed allylic alkylation'. 

Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.): 07/2007, summa cum laude

1/2004 – 7/2004: Diploma studies, thesis under supervision of U. Kazmaier and

R. Hempelmann: 'Immobilization of Hoveyda-Grubbs-type catalysts in ferrofluids'

10/1999 – 12/2013: Undergraduate studies in Chemistry

Awards & Fellowships


07/2017: EuCheMS Organic Division Young Investigator
04/2015: Bürgenstock JSP fellow
11/2014: Research award of the Dr-Otto-Röhm Gedächtnisstiftung
12/2012: Thieme Chemistry Journals Award 2013
04/2010: Liebig fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
10/2008: Dr-Eduard-Martin dissertation award of the Saarland University
02/2008: Postdoc fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD
02/2008: Postdoc fellowship of the German Research Foundation DFG
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