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Prof. Dr. Levkin is head of the Multifunctional Materials Systems research group at the Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems (IBCS-FMS) and Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow and obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tübingen in Germany, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. Pavel Levkin is the cofounder of ScreenFect GmbH and Aquarray GmbH. His research focuses on the development of functional and responsive materials, and surfaces for biomedical and biotechnological applications.


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Education and Research Experience

Current position                        

Professor (W3)

Head of research group of Biofunctional Materials                                  
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems (IBCS-FMS)
und Institute of Organic Chemistry


 Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, KIT 


Affiliation with Heidelberg University,
Applied Physical Chemistry, Prof. Grunze




University of California, Berkeley, USA

Group of Prof. J.M.J. Fréchet
and Dr. F. Svec
Polymer Chemistry



Visiting scientist

University of Vienna, Austria

Group of Prof. Wolfgang Lindner




Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude)

University of Tübingen, Germany

Group of Prof. Volker Schurig
Organic and Analytical Chemistry


2003 – 2007

B.Sc. and M.Sc.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (with honors)
Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences

and Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology
Group of Prof. Rem Kostyanovsky


1997 – 2003


Funding (selected grants)

2017-2019                                  EXIST Forschungstransfer Grant 
2017  ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant, CellPrintArray
2015  ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant, CellScreenChip 
2014  Helmholtz ERC-Prämie
2014-2018 ERC Starting Grant (DropCellArray-337077)
2012 Helmholtz-Sonderförderung Grant
2011 Helmholtz-Enterprise Grant
2010 Young Investigators Network Start-up grant
2009-2014 Helmholtz-University Young Investigator Group Grant



JACS, Nature Communication, Analytical Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie, Biointerphases, Chemical Communication, Journal of the Materials Chemistry, Nano Letters, Acta Biomaterialia, Advanced Functional Materials, Drug Research, Green Chemistry, Macromolecular Bioscience, Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ACS Nano, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Langmuir, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Biomacromolecules, Drug Research, European Polymer Journal, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Separation Science, Macromolecular Bioscience, Macromolecular Rapid Communication, Science, Scientific Reports, Small


On the Editorial Boards of 

Advanced Biosystems, now Advanced Biology (Wiley)

Horizon Materials Bio (Elsevier)

Advanced Functional Materials (Wiley)

Small Structures (Wiley)



  • Cofounder of ScreenFect GmbH (formerly Incella GmbH), founded in 2012, activities: lipid synthesis research, development and commerciallization of novel synthetic gene delivery vectors for biological and biomedical applications. ScreenFect transfection reagents are commerciallized worldwide and cited more than 115 times (2016).

 Screen Fect


  • Cofounder of Aquarray GmbH, founded 29.03.2018, development and commerciallization of the novel miniaturized platform for cell experiments and personalized medicine.



  • 2017; Aquarray projet wins Science4Life Venture Cup 2017,
  • 2015; Heinz Meier-Leibnitz Prize for early career researchers in Germany awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Highlighted by DFG, Angewandte Chemie.
  • 2014; Ewald-Wicke Prize
  • 2014-2018; ERC Starting Grant. “DropletMicroarrays: Ultra High-Throughput Screening of Cells in 3D Microenvironments” (€1,5M);
  • 2012; 2018; Co-founder of ScreenFect GmbH and Aquarray GmbH, respectively
  • 2010-2014; Helmholtz-University Young Investigator Group Grant (€1,25M);
  • 2006; The Ernst-Bayer-Prize from the German Chemical Society (GDCh);
  • 2005, 2007; Poster awards at 17th and 19th ISCD, Italy and USA


Prof. Dr. Pavel Levkin   
Build.: 319 / Office: 444 
Tel:  +49-721-608-29175

KIT Adress

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Campus North)
Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems - Geb. 319 
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

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