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Establishing ERA Chair position in Synthetic Biology at University of Tartu Institute of Technology

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "SynBioTEC" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: ULIKOOLI 18
city: TARTU
postcode: 51005

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙659˙375 €
 EC max contribution 2˙393˙438 € (90%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.4.c. (Establishing ‚ERA Chairs')
 Code Call H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2
 Funding Scheme CSA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2020-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TARTU ULIKOOL EE (TARTU) coordinator 2˙393˙438.00


 Project objective

The SynBioTEC project aims to recruit an experienced research manager to act as the ERA Chair and a team of experienced researchers at University of Tartu Institute of Technology (TUIT) in order to establish the multidisciplinary Centre of Synthetic Biology. The ERA Chair and the newly recruited team of researchers will bring about the necessary structural changes at TUIT to merge the competences of existing research groups on molecular biology to foster excellent research for development of industrially relevant designer cells, focusing on cell factories and biosensors. The Centre of Synthetic Biology will combine the experience of the four core facilities in synthetic biology, proteomics, cell culture and microscopy, yielding an excellent platform for development of synthetic designer cells for industrial applications and spin-off companies that will move forward with the product development phases.

In order to achieve the objective, at least five experienced researchers will be recruited at TUIT for a total of 246 months to enhance the research capacity of the Institute. The synthetic biology core facility will be upgraded and an innovative doctoral training programme on biomechanical engineering will be established. The ERA management principles will be established and introduced throughout TUIT and beyond in the university, the Research and Innovation Strategy of the new Centre devised and multiple dedicated training sessions organised. Special attention will be paid to cooperation with local and national stakeholders and industry.

As a result of the SynBioTEC project, the competitiveness of TUIT will be increased through enhanced research capacity, enabling TUIT to contribute to the development of cell factories and cell-based biosensors. The spill-over effects to other research groups at University of Tartu and industry will enhance the competitiveness of the whole country, contributing to the objectives of the Estonian Smart Specialisation Strategy.


List of deliverables.
Report of recruitment process 2 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:32
Report on the activities of incoming researchers 1 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:23
Project Website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 12:46:26
Statement about the introduced publications for the reference period. Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:15
Report on ERA Chair management principles 1 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:32
Report of recruitment process 1 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:23
Annual Advisory Board recommendations 1 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:46:23
Report on innovative doctoral training courses 1 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:43
Report on the activities of incoming researchers 2 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:43
Reports on training outcomes 2 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:44
Centre for Synthetic Biology Research and Innovation Strategy 1 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:44
Report on ERA Chair management principles 2 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:44
Report on the activities of incoming researchers 3 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:43
Dissemination & communication report 1 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:44
Annual Advisory Board recommendations 2 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:43
Annual Advisory Board recommendations 3 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:44
Reports on training outcomes 1 Documents, reports 2019-04-30 11:59:43

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SynBioTEC deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Nemailla Bonturi, Aline Crucello, Américo José Carvalho Viana, Everson Alves Miranda
Microbial oil production in sugarcane bagasse hemicellulosic hydrolysate without nutrient supplementation by a Rhodosporidium toruloides adapted strain
published pages: 16-25, ISSN: 1359-5113, DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2017.03.007
Process Biochemistry 57 2019-07-02
2016 Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Rahul Kumar, Björn M. Hallström, Jens Nielsen
Adaptation to different types of stress converge on mitochondrial metabolism
published pages: 2505-2514, ISSN: 1059-1524, DOI: 10.1091/mbc.e16-03-0187
Molecular Biology of the Cell 27/15 2019-07-02
2017 Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Benjamín J. Sánchez, Agata Smialowska, Sergo Kasvandik, Ibrahim E. Elsemman, Francesco Gatto, Jens Nielsen
Absolute Quantification of Protein and mRNA Abundances Demonstrate Variability in Gene-Specific Translation Efficiency in Yeast
published pages: 495-504.e5, ISSN: 2405-4712, DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2017.03.003
Cell Systems 4/5 2019-07-02
2017 Roja Babazadeh, Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Caroline B. Adiels, Mattias Goksör, Jens B. Nielsen, Stefan Hohmann
The yeast osmostress response is carbon source dependent
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01141-4
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-07-02
2017 Raphael Hermano Santos Diniz, Juan C. Villada, Mariana Caroline Tocantins Alvim, Pedro Marcus Pereira Vidigal, Nívea Moreira Vieira, Mónica Lamas-Maceiras, María Esperanza Cerdán, María-Isabel González-Siso, Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Wendel Batista da Silveira
Transcriptome analysis of the thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus CCT 7735 under ethanol stress
published pages: 6969-6980, ISSN: 0175-7598, DOI: 10.1007/s00253-017-8432-0
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 101/18 2019-07-02
2017 Benjamín J Sánchez, Cheng Zhang, Avlant Nilsson, Petri‐Jaan Lahtvee, Eduard J Kerkhoven, Jens Nielsen
Improving the phenotype predictions of a yeast genome‐scale metabolic model by incorporating enzymatic constraints
published pages: 935, ISSN: 1744-4292, DOI: 10.15252/msb.20167411
Molecular Systems Biology 13/8 2019-07-02

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