Bioprogrammable Materials

Figure: Bacterias are programmed with smart functions for applications e.g. in biosensing and drug delivery.

 

The Junior Research Group Bioprogrammable Materials explores a young multidisciplinary field combining synthetic biology and biomaterials. It focusses on the development of materials with genetically programmed functionalities capable of biosensing, stimuli-responsive long-term drug release and manipulation of cell behavior. Synthetic biology tools are used to program proteins and microbes to perform smart and beneficial functions. These engineered biological entities are then incorporated in appropriately developed polymeric matrices, resulting in composite materials with highly versatile functionalities, a wide range of tunability and in situ controllability.