The Center for Cellular Construction
Could cells act as bioreactors, manufacturing valuable drugs or biofuels? Could we engineer cells and design them for specific tasks?
These are some of the visions being pursued by The Center for Cellular Construction, whose mission is to transform cell biology into an engineering discipline by learning how to engineer the physical structures and interactions of living cells.
As a partner institution in this National Science Foundation grant, the Exploratorium will translate concepts and samples from the Center into exhibits and demonstrations to engage the public with cellular engineering research.
Our bodies contain 30 trillion microbes, a microbiome that seems essential for our well-being.
Principal Investigator Wallace Marshall, UCSF
Co-Principal Investigator Zev Gartner, UCSF
Co-Principal Investigator Wendell Lim, UCSF
Exploratorium Site Director Jennifer Frazier, Exploratorium
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant 1548297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.