MaxSynBio Research Group

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Welcome to the Wegner Group

Light-controlled Systems

MaxSynBio Junior Research Group/ ERC Research Group

The research aim of my group is the spatiotemporal control of cell-material and cell-cell interactions and associated processes in natural and synthetic minimal cells by using visible light. These photoswitchable interactions offer non-invasive remote control over cell adhesions, enable us to assemble cells into multicellular functional architectures with high precision, regulate their interactions with synthetic materials and to study the underlying biology. Synthetic minimal cells, which reduce complexity and yet capture key features of natural cells, allow us to quantify and correlate cell behavior with molecular information. . This will enable us to address questions in cell biology as well as engineer new synthetic cell biology.