Synthetic Biology, Development and Gene Regulation

Sporulating Bacillus subtilis cells

Movie shows sporulating Bacillus subtilis cells

Bacterial cells need to respond to a wide variety of environmental challenges. To do so, they implement many different adaptive processes, including complex morphological changes such as sporulation and biofilm formation. Several of the signal transduction cascades that regulate developmental processes of bacteria are studied within the CBCB.

Our unrivaled expertise in the genetic manipulation of various model bacteria makes the CBCB a centre of excellence for synthetic biology. This emerging discipline will be pivotal in our ability to respond to various challenges of the 21st century, for example, in the development of novel biofuels and in combating pollution through bioremediation.

The following groups are researching in these areas: