Welcome to the Institute of Synthetic Microbiology

The Institute of Synthetic Microbiology researches molecular regulatory processes in microorganisms influenced by internal factors like small RNA molecules, the circadian clock, and supercoiling of DNA. Learning from the plethora of regulatory mechanisms mediated by RNA, we can learn how to design 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.





Head of Institute

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ilka Maria Axmann

Universitätsstr. 1
Building: 26.23
Floor/Room: U1.36
Phone +49 211 81-10361


Mara Schuff

Universitätsstr. 1
Building: 25.32
Floor/Room: 03.24
Phone +49 211 81-02923
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