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.


15.-16.05.2017 Lab Visit | Danny Ducat

Danny Ducat from MSU visited out lab and gave a thrilling talk on 'Building and Enhancing Multispedies Microbial Consortia Driven by Light'. 

22.03.2017 Young Researcher Day at Synthetic Microbiology

Today we hosted group of young researchers from a local kindergarten and showed them the beauty of microbiology and its application in today’s life.

17.03.2017 RiboNets workshop: RNA tools towards future applications

The workshop on RNA design organized by the RiboNets consortium will be held from June 14-17 2017 in Düsseldorf . For more information please visit the workshop website or contact Ilka Axmann.

05.01.2017 Research stay for Nic at MSU

Tomorrow Nic will be working in Charles Ofria's lab at Michigan State University for six weeks to work on the evolution of circadian clocks.

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.

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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