We are pleased to present Professor Bernd H A Rehm to speak on Harnessing the power of microbial cell factories to assemble functional materials

Date: Thursday, 24th March

Time: 12 - 1pm

Venue: AIBN Level 1 Seminar Room and Online Via Zoom

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Bacteria are prime cell factories that can produce intracellular inclusions and a variety of extracellular polymers. We are rewiring bacteria to harness their capacity to synthesize and assemble functional materials to order. Synthetic biology and bioengineering approaches are applied to engineer bacterial cell factories that assemble biological building blocks into hierarchically structured materials. A platform technology was developed and offers a vast design space for the scalable in vivo production of functional nano-/micro-materials efficiently displaying protein-based functions such as e.g. binding domains, fluorescent proteins, antigens and enzymes. We have expanded the materials design space by developing in vitro site-specific protein ligation methods and by developing hydrogel-based composite materials. Overall, biological synthesis and assembly pathways were engineered to design and produce innovative materials for a range of medical and industrial uses.

Email: b.rehm@griffith.edu.au


Presenter: Professor Bernd H A Rehm 
Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University, Australia

Bernd Rehm is Director of the Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers at Griffith University. He authored >200 scientific publications attracting >11000 citations (h-index of 57). He has presented various keynote and plenary lectures at International Conferences. He is inventor or co-inventor on 58 patent applications (25 granted patents). Bernd is sole editor of five scientific books, Editorial Board Member and Editor of 12 and 4 international journals, respectively. Bernd’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of microbial polymer synthesis and the in vivo/in vitro self-organisation of biological nano-/micro-structures. Bioengineering approaches enabled translation into products and technologies licensed to industry.


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