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Artificial Cellular Systems group | Prof. Cheemeng Tan | Department of Biomedical Engineering | University of California, Davis

Engineering Artificial Cellular Systems for Biotechnological Applications

Our work is unified under one theme: the engineering of synthetic biological systems for therapeutic treatment. We approach this issue through two fundamental directions. To improve the control of synthetic cellular systems, we harness functioning mechanisms in natural cells to control dynamics of synthetic cells and organisms. In parallel, we investigate how heterogeneous cellular populations respond to drug treatment. We aim to merge the two directions to create novel treatment strategies using artificial cellular systems. We are honored to work with biologists, statistician, engineers, physicist, and chemists in the pursue of our research goals. Our work is multi-disciplinary and strives to create new frontiers in synthetic biology by synergizing ideas from different fields.

Recent Publication

Minimizing context-dependency of gene networks using artificial cells.
Y. Ding, L. Contreras-Llano, E. Morris, M. Mao, C. Tan
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2018 pdf

Latest News

Oct 2018, Prof Tan was selected as a Young Innovator by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

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