Dominik did his Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany where he worked on small RNAs which regulate photosynthesis in Cyanobacteria. He continued his work on industrially-relevant microorganisms, constructing genetic libraries for high throughput screening at a biotech start up company in Basel, Switzerland. Dominik joined the Sunna group to work on the biosynthesis of precursors for polymers by using a variety of immobilised enzymes from different thermophiles. Spent coffee grounds, a mainly unused waste product rich in polysaccharides are being used as a renewable biomass source for the pathway. When Dominik is not in the lab, he is probably on his mountain bike, surfing or taking pictures.