Synthetic Biology

Welcome to the Synthetic Biology Research Division at the Department of Biosciences, where cutting-edge research converges with academic excellence. Whether you are a prospective student, a Ph.D. candidate, a postdoc, or a potential faculty member, we invite you to explore the limitless possibilities and challenges in the field of synthetic biology that await you here.


What is Synthetic Biology?

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field that integrates principles from biophysics, engineering, computer science, and biology to design and construct new biological parts, systems, and devices in the quest of understanding how living systems function. It also aims to re-design existing biological systems for useful purposes. Imagine creating programmable cells, devising custom organisms, or even reengineering human biology—all are plausible outcomes of synthetic biology research.


Goals and Aims

The central objective of our division is to expand the boundaries of biological knowledge while developing practical applications that benefit humanity. We strive to understand fundamental biological processes at the molecular and systems levels, develop new tools and technologies to manipulate biological systems, create solutions for pressing issues in healthcare, environmental sustainability and other fields of technology.


Research Fields Represented

Our division is home to several specialized research fields that offer a diverse array of opportunities:

  • Systems Biophysics

This field examines the physical principles governing the organization and behavior of biological systems, from single cells to complex tissues. Our work helps understand diseases at a molecular level and offers insights into novel therapeutic approaches.

  •  Protein Design

Researchers in this area focus on creating new proteins with specific functions, either by modifying existing proteins or by designing them from scratch. This research has broad applications in drug development, biotechnology, and materials science.

  • DNA Nanotechnology and DNA Origami

We are at the forefront of creating intricate nanostructures using DNA as the building material. These structures can serve as drug delivery systems, chemical sensors, and even as computational devices.

  • Theoretical Biophysics

Here, computational methods and mathematical models are employed to understand the biophysical processes that underlie the structure and function of biological systems. This theoretical framework enables more effective experimental designs and interpretation.


Why Join Us?

  • Cutting-edge Facilities: State-of-the-art laboratories and computing facilities.
  • Collaborative Environment: Work alongside leading experts across disciplines.
  • Global Impact: Your work here could change the way we understand life and tackle global challenges.

Take the next step in your academic or professional journey by joining our dynamic team and contributing to groundbreaking research in synthetic biology.

Research groups involved: Bausch, Dietz, Simmel, Westmeyer