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, the circadian clock, and supercoiling of DNA. Learning from the plethora of regulatory mechanisms, we design and test e.g. synthetic RNA switches, heterologous metabolic pathways, and biosensors. By implementing these parts and devices 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 future hosts for a sustainable biotechnology.


22. - 24.10.2018 Interdisciplinary Origin of Life Meeting

Rainer and Nic will give talks about projects related to evolution of circadian clocks and the impacts of mobile elements at the first Interdisciplinary Origin of Life Meeting here in Düsseldorf.

17. - 20.10.2018 EMBO Workshop - Experimental Approaches to Evolution and Ecology Using Yeast and Other Model Systems

Our PostDoc Rainer is preseting results of his work at the EMBO workshop on a poster with the title "Chemostat Oscillations, Growth Laws & Evolution: Experimental Transcription of Proto-Genes during the Low Energy Phase"

12. - 14.09.2018 16th conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology (CMSB 2018) in Brno, Czech Republic

Ilka Axmann gave an invited talk at CMSB 2018 at the Mendel Museum in Brno on modeling the cyanobacterial clock, supported by the National Infrastructure for Systems Biology.

12. - 14.09.2018 Cyano2018

Our PhD students Anna, Max and Nic as well as member of this year's iGEM Team presented their work at the 3rd Early Career Research Symposium on Cyanobacteria in Freiburg.

15.06.2018 Press Conference by AGRIVIZION

Rudolf Cordes (undefinedNovaGreen) and Ilka Maria Axmann (Institute of Synthetic Microbiology) are talking about microalgae as renewable resources for phytopharmaceuticals. Read more about the press conference undefinedhere.

14.06.2018 Guest | Andreas Angermayr

Today we invited Andreas Angermayr (undefinedInstitute for Biological Physics, University of Cologne) to give a talk and present his latest research findings in the Theory Seminar Series. He is giving an overview about the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics and how a growth-mediated negative feedback loop lowers this sensitivity.

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