IBG-1 – an interdisciplinary team
Biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form an interdisciplinary team with a common aim: the use of microorganisms or isolated enzymes for the synthesis of bio-products from renewable carbon sources.
Exploiting the natural capabilities of microorganisms
For thousands of years mankind has employed the metabolism of microorganisms, e.g. for the making of bread, cheese, wine, or beer. However, the enormous potential of microorganisms and enzymes for the synthesis of new bio-products, such as basic or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and proteins, from renewables is exploited only to a small extent currently.
Sustainable products and processes
Research at IBG-1 aims at a detailed molecular understanding of microorganisms and enzymes which are used as biocatalysts and includes approaches of systems biology and synthetic biology. The resulting knowledge and technologies are used for the development of novel resource-efficient and sustainable bio-processes, thereby reducing our dependency on fossil carbon sources, in particular crude oil.
- Poster award for Eugen Pfeifer
- Junior-professorships for Dörte Rother and Dietrich Kohlheyer at RWTH Aachen University
- Dr. Jan Marienhagen receives „Starting grant“ from the European Research Council (ERC)
- “Quantitative metabolomics: a phantom?” – review published in Trends in Biotechnology
- „Looking for the pick of the bunch“ – review published in Current Opinion in Biotechnology
- „Helmholtz Enterprise“ supports spin-off of the IBG-1