Zelluläre Biotechnologie

What is it about?

Each individual plant cell can generate an entire organism. We cannot do that. Central for this ability is an internal "direction" of the individual cell. This direction is continuously adjusted. When a multicellular plant body forms, the cytoskeleton is aligned in response to chemical oscillations. How is this "direction" generated? Why is it continuosly "questioned"? How do individual cells join into an entity? Can we join plant cells to play "metabolic LEGO"? How can a cell sense, whether it is still intact? How does cell architectur define its molecular activities?




Cytoskeleton and Direction

Axis and direction of the cell are steered by a dynamic network of protein fibres, the cytoskeleton. How is it regulated, where it forms and into which direction it grows?



Metabolic LEGO

Plants can generate numerous compounds, the impact on medicine is tremendous. This ability is based on a kind of chemical teamwork. Can we simulate this for biotechnology to safeguard endangered plants from extinction



Integrity Sensing

A flow of signals between membrane and cytoskeleton allow the cell to sense, whether it is still intact. Using novel methodology such as nanosecond bioelectris or chemical engineering we can manipulate this flow.


Form Rules Matter

The causa formalis is one of the four Aristotelian Causes (besides effect, matter, and purpose). We investigate, how plant cells adjust their inner architecture to steer molecular events.