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Synthetic photobiology for light controllable active matter

Project description

Light moves synthetic bacteria and could control the speed of future miniature cargo trucks

Nature is perhaps the greatest engineer of all time. Scientists strive to mimic natural phenomena and benefit from their inherent efficiency and simplicity. Self-propelled colloids, a type of synthetic active matter similar to self-propelled bacteria, are among the many accomplishments. In addition to the synthetic machinery for motion, scientists have also identified the genetic components required to impart responsiveness to the environment. SYGMA is using the genetic building blocks of functional properties to create light-controllable active matter. Engineered photoreceptors sensitive to red, green, and blue much like cones in the retina will be linked to cellular processes that modulate things like speed, growth, and death. Light control of fleets of mini cargo transporters could be around the corner.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/statistical mechanics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/synthetic biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-ADG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 018 750

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 018 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 710 000
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 668 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations