Engineering Life

Initiative Munich

What we do

Understanding and engineering the basic principles of life

Our mission is to advance the understanding of the physics of living systems across scales to bring solutions to some of the world’s most pressing bioengineering and health issues. To achieve this, we combine novel physics-centered experimental methods, system-level computational approaches, and conceptual bottom-up theory to decipher the physical laws governing the dynamic organization of life from molecules to cells. We re-engineer life-like processes and systems by employing state-of-the-art technologies and by developing novel life-inspired approaches.

Engineering life seminar series

Steffen Rulands

MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems

Understanding collective processes in the cell nucleus using single-cell genomics

July 22, 2021 at 5.00 pm CEST

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Upcoming seminars

October 14, 2021 at 5 pm CET

October 28, 2021 at 5 pm CET

Andrew Ellington

University of Texas at Austin

November 11, 2021 at 5 PM CET

Alena Khmelinskaia

University of Bonn

November 25, 2021 at 5 pm CET

L. Mahadevan

Harvard University

December 9, 2021 at 5 pm CET

January 13, 2022 at 5 pm CET

Don Ingber

Wyss Institute at Harvard University

January 27, 2022 at 5 pm CET

February 10, 2022 at 5 pm CET

Past seminars

Cameron Myhrvold

Princeton University

CRISPR-based technologies for detecting and destroying RNA viruses

Cathleen Zeymer

TU München

Design and engineering of lanthanide-binding proteins: from de novo metal coordination to catalysis

Hans Clevers

Hubrecht Institute Utrecht

Organoids to model human diseases

Irene Chen

Univeristy of California at Los Angeles

Emergent by-products of RNA evolution

Stephan W. Grill 

MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Condensation of proteins on and with DNA

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