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In the Synthetic Biology group we are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that allow cells to organize their content in a highly complex spatiotemporal manner. In recent years, in fact, it has become more and more evident that even the small bacterial cells localize molecules – be it single proteins, macromolecular machineries or mRNAs – to specific addresses and that such localization is often under a tight temporal control. Therefore, spatiotemporal organization is an "ancient" cellular trait that adds to the other layers of regulation used by cells to control their processes.
|Synthetic networks for spatially confined cellular processes|
|Using light to control the localization and function of proteins|
|The Min system as a paradigm for self-organized pattern formation|