Welcome to the Institute of Synthetic Microbiology

The Institute for Synthetic Microbiology researches molecular regulatory processes in microorganisms influenced by internal factors like small RNA molecules or the circadian clock. The plethora of regulatory mechanisms mediated by RNA, we can use for designing novel RNA regulators and RNA-based metabolite-sensors. By implementing these synthetic RNAs into microorganisms, we are aiming at a smart, automated and dynamic control of signaling and metabolic pathways. Particular focus is placed on the engineering of cyanobacteria as a future host for sustainable biotechnology.

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02.12.2016 Wikimedia Blog Article about Nic's new project

An article about the new project of our PhD student Nicolas Schmelling was published on the Wikimedia Blog. Enjoy the undefinedread.

1.12.2016 Graduation | Anna Behle

Anna submitted her master thesis 'Design and characterization of a versatile molecular toolbox for synthetic biology in cyanobacteria'. We are particularly happy that she will stay in our lab for her PhD.

07.11.2016 New lab member | Lutz Berwanger

We are happy to welcome Lutz Berwanger as a new master student to our lab. He will be working on a 6S RNA related topic during his master thesis.

18.10.2016 Graduation | Jennifer Andres

Jennifer submitted her master thesis 'Investigations of Kai proteins in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803'. She will now join the lab of Prof. Zurbriggen for her PhD.

18.08.2016 Nic receives Wikimedia fellowship "Freies Wissen"

Another great news: Nic received a six month fellowship from Wikimedia and Stifterverband. He will investigate the evolution of circadian clocks.

27.06.2016 Anika receives EMBO fellowship

Anika was awarded an EMBO short-term fellowship to study about 'Towards understanding more complex cyanobacterias circadian clocks - biochemical characterization of a non-standard KaiC protein'. She will be visit the Laboratory of Biomolecular Network of Prof. Kazuki Terauchi at Ritsumeikan University in Kusatsu Shiga, Japan from 25.08. - 22.11.2016.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ilka Maria Axmann

Universitätsstr. 1
Gebäude: 26.23
Etage/Raum: U1.36
Tel.: +49 211 81-10361


Mara Schuff

Universitätsstr. 1
Gebäude: 25.32
Etage/Raum: 03.24
Tel.: +49 211 81-02923
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