Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Grant recipient

Morten Sommer, Professor, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark

Co-applicants

Fredrik Bäckhed, Professor, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

Max Nieuwdorp, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tine Rask Licht, Professor, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark

Project title

Center for Advanced Microbiome Therapeutics

Project description

Bacteria are naturally present in the human body and affect our health both positively and negatively. Despite their potential roles as targets for treating various diseases, manufacturing targeted medicine is still a major challenge. The purpose of the project is to use the latest developments in synthetic biology to solve this problem. In particular, synthetic biology tools will be developed to construct a new form of cell-based medicine that will be capable of capturing signals from the human body and begin to produce relevant therapeutic molecules. If we succeed, we expect that this approach can be used widely to treat numerous diseases, including cancer, high blood pressure and metabolic diseases.