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

  • Rohles C*, Pauli S*, Giesselmann G, Kohlstedt M, Becker J, Wittmann C (2022)

    Systems metabolic engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum eliminates all by-products for selective and high-yield production of the platform chemical 5-aminovalerate.

    Met. Eng. In press. * both authors contributed equally

  • Kohlstedt M, Weimer A, Weiland F, Stolzenberger J, Selzer M, Sanz M, Kramps L, Wittmann C (2022)

    Biobased PET from lignin using an engineered cis,cis-muconate-producing Pseudomonas putida strain with superior robustness, energy and redox properties.

    Metab. Eng. In press.

  • Dahlem C, Chanda S, Hemmer J, Kohlstedt M, Wittmann C, Kiemer AK (2022)

    Characterization of anti-cancer activities of violacein: Actions on tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment.

    Front. Oncol. In press.

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