Brno Ph.D. Talent

Barbora Hrnčířová

Engineering of biocatalytic structures on the cell surface of the bacterium Pseudomonas putida for degradation and utilization of lignocellulose

Lector: Mgr. Pavel Dvořák, Ph.D.

Institution: Masaryk University, Faculty of Science

Field: Microbiology


About the project

My project focuses on the depolymerization and utilization of inedible plant biomass. Using genetic engineering and synthetic biology approaches, I am modifying the bacterium Pseudomonas putida to be able to break down this resistant material into monomeric sugars. The bacteria should then consume these sugars and produce value-added chemicals such as biodegradable plastics or pharmaceutical precursors that are conventionally manufactured from crude oil.


Why science?

I enjoy looking for answers to questions that have not yet been answered. I like to explore how nature all around us works and I want to find out what we can achieve by applying engineering approaches to living organisms. I also hope my research will take us one step closer to a bio-based circular economy.


What do I like most about Brno

Brno is a very student-friendly city with great facilities for natural sciences. I especially like the modern and professional environment of MUNI's campus in Bohunice, the historic Mahen Theatre, and the Brno Zoo.