Clemens obtained his Bachelor in Chemistry (2007) and Master in Biotechnology (2009) from Graz University of Technology. He, then, joined Donald Hilvert at ETH Zurich to pursue a PhD. After completing his doctoral studies in 2014, he moved to the University of Cambridge to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Sir Shankar Balasubramanian for two years. In 2016, Clemens moved to the University of Groningen to join Gerard Roelfes at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry. After being awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in 2016 and an NWO VENI award in 2017, he was appointed as Assistant Professor for Biomolecular Chemistry and Catalysis at the Stratingh Institute in October 2018.
Rudy obtained both his Bachelor in Biotechnology (2016) and Master in Industrial Biotechnology (2018) from the University of Padua, Italy. The research he conducted during his Master research project was focused on biocatalysis and protein engineering. After completing his studies, he was awarded a Research Scholarship, allowing him to continue working in the laboratory of Prof. Elisabetta Bergantino. Rudy joined the Mayer lab in February 2019, becoming the first PhD student of the group. In his free time he enjoys movies, motorsports and hiking.
Ilya obtained International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma from St. Gilgen International School in Austria (2015). He subsequently received his Bachelor in Chemistry (2018) from the University of Groningen. For his BSc Thesis with Prof. Bert Poolman, he studied the activity of membrane proteins in nanodiscs. Ilya currently pursues a MSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the RUG and joined the Mayer lab as a Master student in April 2019. His hobbies include skiing, table tennis, and swimming.