Martin is in Tokyo in January and February 2017 as visiting professor at the University of Tokyo
Recently we participated in our European project meeting in Venice on Living Architecture. And then again we met in Madrid at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) with a hands-on workshop in synthetic biology.
The fifth EVOBLISS consortium meeting took place on 2nd and 3rd of May 2016 and was hosted by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT), Germany.
Living Architecture (LIAR) is a modular bioreactor-wall, which is based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes. LIAR is conceived as a next-generation selectively-programmable bioreactor and integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from waste water and air, generation of oxygen and production of proteins and fiber by manipulating consortia performance. Its operational principles are grounded in distributed sensing, decentralized autonomous information processing, high-degree of fault-tolerance and distributed actuation and reconfiguration. Applications within urban systems are examined as a form of customizable micro-agriculture for installation in domestic, public (schools, hospitals) and office environments. Such a system has far reaching impacts on the building performance (resilience, resource recycling) manufacturing and design with ecosystems.
The project establishes:
• Foundational concepts through which ‘designed’ metabolisms can computationally process, recycle, remediate and synthesize valuable compounds from waste water.
• Transferable principles by which synthetic ecosystems can shape the environmental performance of our living spaces to increase our health, productivity and ecosystems impact.
• New standards for synthetic ‘ecosystems’ through consortia design, engineering and optimization.
All CIBIO laboratories moved from Mattarello to Povo in the end of October. Our group is now working temporary in Blue 5 and we are looking forward to the new lab Orange 5 that we will share with Mansy group.
Martin, Jitka and Silvia participated in the fourth EVOBLISS consortium meeting that took place from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th of November at University of Western England, Bristol.
Droplets 2015 conference (6-8 October 2015) at University of Twente (The Netherlands) hosted a video contest. Jitka Cejkova with Martin M. Hanczyc submitted this cool movie about chemotactic and shape changing decanol droplets. Jitka presented also her Evobliss work titled“Experimental study of decanol droplets behavior in the presence of decanoate and salt”.
Martin is an instructor in the project UNITN-Trento iGEM. UNITN-Trento iGEM team 2015 has a wonderful idea to change the way people think about Microbial Fuel Cells. We attempted to improve the MFC platform by exploiting the power of the sun and the versatility of E. coli, so we added new interesting features to build a “Solar pMFC”.
Check out the UNITN-Trento iGEM web!
New semester started and Martin started to teach Biochemistry :-)
From Monday 6th of July our lab hosted three high school students for two weeks. It was our pleasure to show them how lab research is conducted. Dennis Targa is a student in Istituto Tecnico e Tecnologico Buonarroti, Massimiliano is from Istituto Marie Curie, Pergine and Simone Ferrari is from Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci.
A very warm welcome to Carlotta Porcelli and Alessandro Groaz that join our group as undergraduate students and start a project on Evobot.