Research Objectives

Novel Sensors

Novel Sensors

study the production of plant hormones and secondary metabolites to improve urban farming and will develop disruptive technologies for discovering plant biosynthetic pathways
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Urban Farming

Urban Farming

develop nano and optical sensors to measure plant metabolites in real time. These sensors will enable optimal production and rapid development of plants suitable for high-density farming
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Plant Biology

Plant Biology

study the production of plant hormones and secondary metabolites to improve urban farming and will develop disruptive technologies for discovering plant biosynthetic pathways
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Microbial Biosynthesis

Microbial Biosynthesis

establish principles for the high-volume production of plant food components, such as amino acids, vitamins, lipids, and other valuable natural products, in industry-relevant microbes
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Research and development

New Advances in Analytical Technologies

Plant Nanobionics – integrated, in-vivo nanoparticle based sensors for plants and micro-organisms

Micro-Raman spectrometers – non-invasive vibrational spectroscopy of plant systems

New technologies for improving microbial production of hydrophobic vitamins

Gene and pathway discovery in plants

   Local production via enhanced urban farming technologies

Engineered plants for high density production (e.g. leafy vegetables)

Industry development (biotech, high tech-farming)

Data driven discovery and modeling of biological signaling pathways

Advances in microbial engineering and biosynthesis