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Reference number: D124/2018, Biotechnology, process engineering

Master/Bachelor Thesis: Single-cell analysis of microbial consortia

The interaction of different microorganisms in nature involves complex interactions that are poorly understood so far. But the potential that results from the multitude of substance transformations in such consortia has also become interesting for biotechnology. More and more synthetic and natural microbial consortia are being studied and harnessed for biotechnological processes. A major problem is the exact analysis of the individual strains, which are difficult to differentiate in a mixed culture. Microfluidics offers the opportunity to capture, observe and cultivate single cells in microstructures under very defined conditions. In the working group Microscale Bioengineering at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, microfluidic systems are developed and used for different biological questions. The cultivation of monocultures is well established and is currently being expanded by the development of microfluidic devices for mixed cultures. The aim of this thesis is to test these systems and to investigate different types of microbial interactions.

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Alina Burmeister
Microscale Bioengineering
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-1: Biotechnology
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich

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