Synthetic biology is an inherently multidisciplinary area of research.
We try to redesign systems found in nature by recreating their properties as synthetic parts or by retailoring them for new purposes. Examples include synthetic membranes for biosensing and drug delivery, including platforms to deliver vaccines.
This research area has a close relation to molecular biology.
We use molecular biology tools to adapt novel functions to biological interfaces and try to identify molecular mechanisms and interactions in biological systems and synthetic replicas thereof. We elucidate ways to improve medical materials and therapies by understanding biological systems, especially interfaces, from the molecular level with a materials perspective.