The main aim of the research group is to utilize the vast diversity of enzymes to engineer green cells towards superior production cells of valuable compounds, mainly mono- and sesquiterpenoids. Utilizing a mix of photosynthetic cell systems, we investigate the unique opportunities of green cells for large-scale production of small natural products that are different for the current industrial applications.
We study heterologous expression of biosynthetic enzymes in photosynthetic cell factories. The current systems include the moss Physcomitrella patens to produce desired natural products or a precursor for chemical synthesis. We also utilize photosynthetic tissue culture systems to produce drugs where the plant biosynthetic machinery is still unknown.