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Quantitative Biology for Fungal Secondary Metabolite Producers

Objective

QuantFung represents the first European training platform for the production of novel bioactive compounds based on fungal synthetic biology. The ITN will train 11 early-stage (ESR) and 4 experienced researchers (ER) as new problem-solving, creative European scientists in interdisciplinary and intersectorial biotechnological research ranging from modelling, network analysis, systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics), and molecular biology (fungal genetics and biochemistry) to synthetic biology methods. To bridge the gap between science education and industry, industrial partners provide secondments and training modules to share their industry experience with the trainees. The driving force is a collaboration of 8 academic and 5 industrial partners to expedite the application of new secondary metabolites in health, nutrition or agriculture. The objective is to find novel bioactive molecules by exploiting the wealth of
fungal biodiversity and to translate these into useful products. Work packages structure training through research focussed on discovery of secondary metabolite gene clusters, targeted activation of gene clusters, quantification of secondary metabolites in industrial hosts, and bioactivity testing to identify their mode of action. These multidisciplinary projects require physical and intellectual mobility and are organised as a structured training program where ESRs/ERs work for defined periods in different QuantFung laboratories and attend local and network training events to broaden their technical knowledge and acquire transferable skills to optimize career options. 46 secondments representing 19 new collaborations between the public and private sector will lead to new avenues of research. The broad spectrum of expertises of QuantFung covers numerous cross sector elements leading to researchers with significant translational and entrepreneurial skills to strengthen European research.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/synthetic biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/proteomics
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 641 992,56

Participants (8)

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 421 552,56
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 593 021,79
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 579 718,92
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 997,76
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEBRECENI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 212 520
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
4032 Debrecen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 494 908,92
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR NATURSTOFF-FORSCHUNG UND INFEKTIONSBIOLOGIE EV HANS-KNOLL-ISTITUT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 238 260
Address
Beutenberg Strasse 11A
07745 Jena
Activity type
Research Organisations
DSM FOOD SPECIALTIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 450 217,02
Address
Alexander Fleminglaan 1
2613 AX Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)