On 23rd of April 2021, Simona Dzurendova successfully defended her thesis with the title ‘Sustainable Fungal Biorefineries: Optimizing production of valuable metabolites in oleaginous Mucoromycota’.
Simona Dzurendova was employed as PhD student funded by Bio4Fuels project at NMBU in September 2017. The work was conducted at Realtek, under the supervision of assoc. prof. Volha Shapaval and co-supervision of Dr. Boris Zimmermann, prof. Achim Kohler and prof. Svein Jarle Horn. The evaluation committee was represented by opponents prof. Volkmar Passoth from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, prof. Ganesh Sockalingum from University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and the committee coordinator assoc. prof. Kristian Berland (Realtek). Simona presented a trial lecture on the topic ‘Different methods for the production of biofuels and biochemicals from lignocellulosic biomass'. The main objective of the PhD research work was to investigate growth conditions that could improve the production of valuable metabolites in fungal biorefineries based on Mucoromycota fungi. PhD work resulted in six publications and after an interesting and comprehensive discussion with the opponents, the committee concluded the PhD defense approved.