Plant Synthetic Biology
Dr. Matias Zurbriggen
Tel: +49 761 203 97656
Synthetic biology applies basic engineering principles for the rational assembly of functionally well-characterised biological modules into higher order complex biological systems with desired properties. Central to the strategy is the rational design and development of new biological parts from natural existing components for the modular construction of these systems. In this way, synthetic biology facilitates the de novo engineering of genetic circuits, synthetic pathways, higher cellular structures or even organisms, and the analysis of signalling processes.
Based on these principles, we follow a pioneering synergistic research line at the cross-section between plant and mammalian synthetic biology aimed at developing a wide array of building blocks necessary for the design, construction and further assembly of the resulting modules into synthetic signalling networks and biosensors. We also seek to integrate green and red synthetic engineering approaches with a focus on valorising results on fundamental research to develop new genetic systems and organisms with novel functionalities and biotechnological applications.