Bioinformatics Services for Data-Driven Design of Cell Factories and Communities

  • Herrgard, Markus (Project Coordinator)
  • Sonnenschein, Nikolaus (Project Coordinator)
  • Kutuzova, Svetlana (Project Participant)
  • Redestig, Nils Henning (Project Participant)
  • Beber, Moritz Emanuel (Project Participant)
  • Dannaher, Danny (Project Participant)
  • Lopez Benito, Alba (Project Participant)
  • Kaafarani, Ali (Project Participant)
  • Lieven, Christian (Project Participant)
  • Lohmann, Ricarda (Project Manager)
  • Rasmussen, Birte Kastrup (Project Manager)
  • Kjiproski, Darko (Project Manager)
  • Knudsen, Elisabeth Beck (Project Manager)

Project Details


Omics data is not leveraged effectively in the biotechnology industry due to lack of tools to rapidly access public and private data and to design cellular manipulations or interventions based on the data. With this project we aim to make a broad spectrum of omics data useful to the biotechnology industry covering application areas ranging from industrial biotechnology to human health. We will develop novel approaches for integrative model-based omics data analysis to enable 1) Identification of novel enzymes and pathways by mining metagenomic data, 2) Data-driven design of cell factories for the production of chemicals and proteins, and 3) Analysis and design of microbial communities relevant to human health, industrial biotechnology and agriculture. All research efforts will be integrated in an interactive web-based platform that will be available for the industrial and academic research and development communities, in particular enhancing the competitiveness of biotech SMEs by economizing resources and reducing time-to-market within their respective focus areas. The platform will be composed of standardized and interoperable components that service-oriented bioinformatics SMEs involved in the project can reuse in their own products. An important aspect of the platform will be implementation of different access levels to data and software tools allowing controlling access to proprietary data and analysis tools. Two end-user companies will be involved in practical testing of the platform built within the project using proprietary omics data generated at the companies.
Acronym DD-DeCaF
Effective start/end date01/03/201629/02/2020


  • Horizon 2020 Framework Programme

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


  • cell factories
  • microbial communities
  • synthetic biology
  • systems biology


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