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Join our team to establish novel probes for visualizing and modifying cell wall polysaccharides. A fully-funded 3-year PhD position is available starting January 2020. Click here for further information. The application deadline is December 19, 2019.

In addition, B.Sc. and M.Sc. students interested in combining synthetic biology with carbohydrate biochemistry are invited to apply for a technical assistant position, an internship, and/or a thesis project.

Orthogonal Hosts to Study Polysaccharide Biosynthesis

We published a review article in Plants (, part of a special issue on “Plant Cell Wall Biology”. In close collaboration with multiple colleagues from Düsseldorf, we assessed the suitability of more than ten orthogonal hosts for synthetic biology and to study plant cell wall biosynthesis.

In particular, we focused on the key advantages and limitations of several bacterial, fungal and animal systems for the heterologous expression of plant glycosyltransferases to reconstruct polymers. We also analyzed the glycosidic linkages of native polymers from promising orthogonal hosts and discuss how they might impact the heterologous production of various plant polysaccharides.

Synthetic biology strategy to study cell wall biosynthesis. Reproduced from Pauly et al., 2019


Pauly M, Gawenda NWagner C, Fischbach P, Ramírez V, Axmann IM, Voiniciuc C* (2019) The Suitability of Orthogonal Hosts to Study Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis. Plants 8516