The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark aims at developing new knowledge and technologies to help facilitate the transformation from the existing oil-based chemical industry to a more sustainable bio-based society, in which chemicals are produced biologically.

A central scientific discipline is metabolic engineering, which involves design and genetically reprogramming of the metabolic processes of microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. The engineering provides them with the capability of converting biomass into valuable chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and food ingredients.

Furthermore, we seek to increase the chemical diversity of products by harnessing genetic information from microbes that cannot be cultivated in a laboratory and using this in model organisms.

This triumvirate of increased chemical diversity, in silico design, and an expanded cell factory portfolio defines the next generation of microbial cell factories.

You can read more about our workflow and how we approach the design process here.

Sections, Groups and core functions

The center is organized in 9 basic Research Sections, in 6-7 Research Projects and a Core function.

Below you find a figure of our Scientific Directors (SD).

SD's June 2017