Welcome to the Institute of Synthetic Microbiology

Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 wild-type cells
Deconvolved fluorescence microscopy image of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 wild-type cells (red, autofluorescence from Synechocystis; blue, Hoechst-stained DNA)

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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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ilka Maria Axmann

Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Gebäude: 26.23
Etage/Raum: U1.36
Tel.: +49 211 81-10361

Sekretariat Axmann/Ebenhoeh

Mara Schuff

Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Gebäude: 25.32
Etage/Raum: 03.24
Tel.: +49 211 81-02923
Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: E-Mail sendenJun.-Prof. Dr. Ilka Maria Axmann