Synthetic Biology

The aim of this research focus is not only to provide a forum for synthetic biology at the LMU but also, through the bringing together of interested workgroups and researchers, to enable the LMU to profile itself in terms of ongoing cooperation and future research projects.

Synthetic biology is still a very young interdisciplinary branch of the life sciences. While biology – in the classical sense – is still primarily understood as a descriptive science, in more recent years, an analytical discipline has been developing under the label of "systems biology". For the first time, it tries to capture and describe biological entities through the close interaction between high-resolution data gathering in molecular biology and mathematical modelling.

Synthetic biology should thus be understood as a consistent continuation of this venture, even if it boasts a more creative approach. Indeed, in the context of synthetic biology, biological systems are significantly modified through the insertion of new functional modules or characteristics. With the help of chemically synthesised components, this can go so far as the creation of new biological entities, which did not previously exist in nature. The research questions considered as well as the methodical approaches stem from biology, molecular genetics, chemistry, physics, medicine, computer science as well as engineering.


Prof. Dr. Kirsten Jung
(Faculty of Biology, Molecular Microbiology, LMU)

Working Group

Visiting Fellows

Prof. Terence Hwa, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Previous Visiting Fellow


  • International Symposium for synthetic Biology: "Phänotypische Heterogenität bakterieller Gemeinschaften"
    (Summer Semester 2010)
  • Lecture of Prof. Victor de Lorenzo – "Forward Design of Lifesystems: From Genetic Engineering to Synthetic Biology"
    (Winter Semester 2010/11)
  • International Workshop – "Building Blocks of Life"
    (Summer Semester 2011)
  • International Workshop – "Biomolecular Circuit Design"
    (Winter Semester 2011/12)
  • Lecture of Prof. Sven Panke – "Engineering (i.e. Engineering) of BiologicalSystems"
    (Winter Semester 2011/12)
  • CAS Conference – "Synthetic Biology"
    (Summer Semester 2012)
  • International Workshop – "Synthetic Ecosystems"
    (Summer Semester 2012)
  • Lecture by Prof. Daniel Müller – "Small Talk: How Do Molecular Machines Shape Cells?"
    (Winter Semester 2012/13)