A promising application of my lab's research involves engineering microalgae, mosses and plant cells into production units for high value natural products. Synthetic biology research is key in reaching this goal, so my engagement in this dynamic, crossdisciplinary field is a logical extension of my plant research activities.
The work within Center for Synthetic Biology is targeted towards the formation of new combinations of membrane proteins. This approach holds numerous beneficial applications, e.g. enabling us to harvest the energy of sunlight for the synthesis of valuable natural products or to degrade toxic compounds in biological systems.