Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Towards biomimetic cell division: In vitro reconstitution of segregation

  • Date: Feb 27, 2017
  • Time: 13:50
  • Speaker: Daniel Hürtgen
  • MPI / Systems and Synthetic Microbiology
  • Location: MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
  • Room: Lecture hall
  • Host: Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik
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This PhD is embedded within MaxSynBio, which is a joint research project funded by MPG and BMBF and interested in creation of the first minimal proliferome. This worked is focused on a bottom-up approach towards biomimetic cell division by reconstituting DNA-segregation in vitro from biochemicals and their component materials. Subsequently, this segregation machinery will be incorporated into micro-compartments using microfluidics. Such mimicry of fundamental life processes, fueled by advances in the biophysics of biomimetic micro-compartments could lead to a deeper understanding not only of the origin of life but of the nature of today’s living systems.

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