Synthetic Cell Factories
We want to contribute to the understanding of bacterial metabolism and are interested in expanding the biosynthetic capabilities of microorganisms for applied purposes.
We focus on the engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum and Escherichia coli for the sustainable production of value-added small molecules such as natural products, fine chemicals or pharmaceutical building blocks from biomass and other carbon-rich waste streams.
In addition, we are developing new molecular tools for genome editing and high-throughput screening of metabolite producing bacteria at the single cell level using biosensors and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS).
Microbial synthesis of aromatic (plant) natural products and other aromatic molecules of biotechnological interest
Substrates from Biomass for a Sustainable Industrial Biotechnology
Development of Transcription Factor-based Biosensors and their Utilization for High-throughput Screening of Microorganisms using FACS
Research activities take place at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH whereas most teaching activities are conducted at the RWTH Aachen University (Chair of Biotechnology).
Prof. Dr. Jan Marienhagen
Building 15.4 / Room 232
Mario´s first paper is out! Microbial production of p-coumaric acid with Corynebacterium glutamicum. (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12934-023-02222-y). Congratulations!
Paper published in Nature Communications. “Membrane manipulation by free fatty acids improves microbial plant polyphenol synthesis.” Congratulations, Apilaasha! (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-40947-x)
Congratulations, Philipp! The “gigantic” paper on the biosensor-guided isolation of 100 strain variants published in BMC Biology (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-023-01688-x)
“A Pseudomonas taiwanensis malonyl-CoA platform strain for polyketide synthesis” – paper published with the Wierckx group (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymben.2023.04.001)
Paper on bio-succinate production published with the Noack group (https://doi.org/10.1002/cite.202200163)
Niels Hollmann joins the group to work on the AutoBiotech project! Welcome!
Dominic starts his PhD-thesis to work on CRISPR-Cas12a mediated genome engineering in C. glutamicum. Welcome in the group!
Daniela Brücker joins the “SynCells” for her Doctoral thesis – Welcome!
Api´s cover design for an issue was selected by ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (https://pubs.acs.org/toc/ascecg/9/51)
Api´s paper on “Microbial Polyphenol Production in a Biphasic Process” accepted by ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c05865)
Joined manuscript with Julia Frunzke´s group on biosensor-based isolation of amino acid-producing Vibrio natriegens strains published (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mec.2021.e00187)
Melanie Krinke joins the group for the practical work on her Doctoral thesis – Welcome!