A cell-free quest for new antibiotics
Increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing global health threat. Dr. Amir Pandi combined synthetic biology and artificial intelligence in a team led by Tobias Erb to develop a new approach for the discovery and engineering of antimicrobial peptides.
A new order for brewer`s yeast
Within the framework of a project aimed at synthetically reconstructing all chromosomes of brewer's yeast, Daniel Schindler's team at the MPI-TM has succeeded in building a "neochromosome" that contains all transfer RNA genes.
Small protein, big impact
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are nature's invention to fend off invading microbes. Bacteria, in turn, are equipped with efficient early warning systems. A team led by Dr. Jing Yuan has discovered how a small protein acts as a sensitive detector for small amounts of AMPs. The findings could be used in the future to deactivate the bacterial defenses.
Nadya Abbood received the Hendrik Wolff Prize 2023
The MPI Marburg scientist was honored for her work in the field of natural products research
During the renovation work the MPI-TM has installed roosting boxes for bats. For this measure, the institute was awarded the title "Bat-friendly building" by NABU Hessen.