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A DNA NANOtechology toolkit for artificial CELL design

Project description

Artificial cell creation via DNA nanotechnology

A fundamental challenge when creating an artificial cell by synthetic biology is the poor control of replication machinery borrowed from living cells. DNA nanotechnology enables a bottom-up approach for the truly novel design of nanoscale objects through well controlled programmable processes. This EU-funded project will establish a fully integrated platform based on DNA nanotechnology to create a functional artificial cell with the design of DNA-based objects mimicking cellular organelles performing specific functions. These artificial organelles will have capability for self-assembly followed by encapsulation into lipid bilayers compartments resulting in the formation of artificial cells with specific functional characteristics. Applications abound in biosensing and smart therapeutics.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/synthetic biology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 497 477

Beneficiaries (1)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 497 477
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments