Automation & Rapid Prototyping
We research how to combine robotic and software development to allow to push developments in Synthetic Biology. Our robots can generate strains, optimize media and autonomously perform promoter characterizations.
The development of new and easy to use platforms for the immobilization of enzymes on the surface of bacterial spores of the Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Paenibacillus polymyxae is the scope of our spore display projects. To improve our hosts we reduces their genomes, rewire regulatory pathways and develop methods to rapidly improve processes using automation. We apply these technologies together with partners from industry and academia worldwide in applied projects.
Using oleaginous yeasts like Yarrowia lipolytica we research strain and bioprocess designs to enable the renewable production of lipids and derived products such as hydrocarbons to be used as biofuels.