The LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) consists of groups from the Philipps-Universität Marburg and from the MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology in the areas of microbiology, genetics, medicine, cell biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, and bioethics.
SYNMIKRO has two goals above all others: First, using synthetic and analytical research approaches, the hitherto rather static component and functional analyses of microbial cells will be further developed to a quantitative, dynamic, and theoretically representable understanding of function. Secondly, an innovative goal should be pursued, following a rational design to synthesize new functional units, to combine them, and to integrate them into the functional apparatus of the cell, in order to produce microorganisms with new characteristics and application potential. A structured doctoral program and programs for promoting equal opportunities round off the interdisciplinary research activities.
Project's website: http://www.uni-marburg.de/synmikro/
Funding: Hessisches Exzellenzprogramm LOEWE
Contact: Lars Baumgärtner, Christina Heitzer