B2/L3 – 3255-WS13
My research focus is on utilizing traditional engineering and synthetic biological techniques to refine photosynthetic microbial cells, such as cyanobacteria, for the sustainable production of high valuable compounds. Cyanobacteria are believed to be the evolutionary origin of plant chloroplast, so they are capable to convert solar energy to biomass. Cultivation of cyanobacteria does not occupy arable land, reducing the competition with crop plants. And they belong to prokaryotes containing relatively simple genetic background that eases manipulation. Therefore, cyanobacteria are gaining increasing interest as a platform for synthesis of economically important products.