Enabling technologies, life-mimicking processes and systems perspectives of the network
The organizational structure of the research network reflects the modular approach to the synthesis of cellular systems. It consists of four major elements, namely the project clusters T, L and S, 4 independent research groups, centralized facilities, the associated MaxSynBio Fellows.
In the first funding period (2014-2017) our consortium has established a sustainable infrastructure that is essential for the proposed bottom-up Synthetic Biology approach and is now accessible by all partners and the junior groups. This infrastructure consists of two centralized Technology Platforms, namely a Microfluidic Systems Facility in Göttingen, a Facility for Cell-Free Protein Expression in Martinsried and the Dortmund Protein Facility. These platforms are directly embedded into the projects clusters via Work Package T1 and T2, respectively.
In full accordance with the original plan fixed in the first MaxSynBio grant proposal, the independent research group leaders have fixed their own research programs and prepared funding proposals to MPG/BMBF. After approval of their proposals, the four groups have started their activities in early 2016. All groups receive secured funding for a period of 5 years.