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Sirat Sikka and Florian Durst
Field Application Scientists (Purification and Pharma Analytics), Thermo Fisher Scientific
Sirat has an MS in biomanufacturing from North Carolina State University, USA. Her thesis focused on understanding protein–protein interactions. She has also worked at the Institute of Genetics and Genetic Diseases R&D in India after completing her bachelor’s in biotechnology. She worked for five years at the GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines R&D center (USA) as a downstream scientist. Her responsibilities included process development and optimization for recombinant-protein and nucleic-acid vaccines. Sirat is currently working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a field application scientist for POROS and CaptureSelect™ purification products.

Florian is a biochemist by training. He graduated from the Institute of Biophysical Chemistry of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. As a PhD student he developed a strong background in protein chemistry, structural biology, and biophysical methods. After his graduation he worked as a lecturer at Goethe University focusing on protein characterization, protein interaction, and scientific/technical writing for several years. In 2018 he joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as a field application specialist for Pharma Analytics.