790356 Metabolic and cell engineering

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Mattanovich, Diethard
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Summary and update of cellular metabolism: catabolism and anabolism, energy conversion, reduction and oxidation equvalents.
Balances and equations describing cellular processes: mass, energy, redox and carbon balances; basic models to describe cells.
Application of metabolic modelling for metabolic and cell engineering.
Systems biology: describing the complexity of cellular systems.
Methods: metabolic flux analysis, metabolomics, transcriptomics, quantitative proteomics.
Tools for metabolic and cell engineering.
Major biotechnological challanges: New metabolic pathways leading to new products. Microbial stress during production. Protein secretion.
Applications of metabolic engineering: overproduction of metabolites with microorganisms.
Applications of cell engineering: improving cellular properties, e.g. secretion of recombinant proteins, strain robustness (stress resistance).

Previous knowledge expected

Biochemistry and cellular physiology. Metabolic pathways and metabolic regulation. Metabolic modelling.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students are familiar with principles of designing metabolic and cell engineering projects.
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