Department of Natural Product Biosynthesis

Plants and microbes produce an enormous number of complex molecules called secondary or specialized metabolites. These compounds play varied and rich roles in the environment. Moreover, many of these compounds have life-saving properties and are used in both traditional and modern medicine. We are developing approaches to elucidate and engineer specialized plant metabolism to understand the fundamental chemical, biological and evolutionary processes that underlie the biosynthesis of these complex molecules. Additionally, we develop platforms that allow fast and inexpensive production of these compounds, as well as platforms to produce unnatural variants of these products.

Department Assistant: Grit Winnefeld
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