Brno Ph.D. Talent

Barbora Burýšková

Engineering synthetic bacterial consortia for utilisation of plant biomass-derived carbohydrates

Lector: Pavel Dvořák

Institution: Masaryk University, Faculty of Science

Field: Microbiology


About the project

This project aims at filling a current knowledge gap in synthetic biology: which engineering strategy is better? The generalist – a single cell engineered to carry out a number of non-native functions by itself, or the synthetic microbial consortium – where each member carries only part of the metabolic burden and the goal is achieved by cooperation? The comparison of these two approaches will be demonstrated on a biotechnologically relevant example – plant biomass-derived sugar co-utilisation.


Why science?

I would like to be involved in collaboration between biologists and engineers, implementing our collective knowlegde to develop green technologies desperately needed for the future. Besides that, I also believe it is important to contribute to science popularisation, educating the public as well as lawmakers, for science should not dissappear up its own asshole, so to speak (quote taken from Kurt Vonnegut).


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