Institut für Systembiotechnologie

Welcome at the Institute of Systems Biotechnology

Biotechnology has the potential to revolutionize industrial production - the team headed by Prof. Christoph Wittmann works in the heart of this exciting development. We design and develop cell factories to tailor the synthesis of valuable products - high-end healthcare ingredients, large volume platform chemicals, and smart bio-materials. For this we optimize metabolic pathways and their control in microorganisms and equip them even with new abilities – our leading approaches of systems metabolic engineering and synthetic biology make this possible. Furthermore, we use our "synthetic bugs" to develop innovative, environmentally friendly value chains. The synthesis of the future uses renewable raw materials - we too.

Latest Publications

  • Puertas-Bartolomé M, Gutiérrez-Urrutia I, Teruel-Enrico LL, Duong CN, Desai K, Trujillo S, Wittmann C, del Campo A (2024)

    Self-lubricating, living contact lenses.

    Adv. Mater. in press. LINK.

  • Beganovic S, Wittmann C (2024)

    Medical properties, market potential, and microbial production of golden polyketide curcumin for food, biomedical, and cosmetic applications.

    Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 87:103112. PUBMED.

  • Duran K, Kohlstedt M, van Erven G, Klostermann CE, America AHP, Bakx E, Baars JJP, Gorissen A, de Visser R, de Vries RP, Wittmann C, Comans RNJ, Kuyper TW, Kabel MA (2024)

    From 13C-lignin to 13C-mycelium: Agaricus bisporus utilises lignin in its central carbon metabolism.

    Sci. Adv. In press.

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