News Biomaterials & Biomolecular Systems

  • Doctoral candidate Phlipp Harder produces thousands of new microrobots in the lab. Image: Astrid Eckert / TUM

    Opportunities for cancer treatment and wound healing

    Microrobots for the study of cells

    06 September 2023 | Researchers at TUM have developed the world’s first microrobot (“microbot”) capable of navigating within groups of cells and stimulating individual cells. This might create new possibilities for wound healing and cancer treatment.

  • Artistic illustration: Programmable T-cell engager (PTE) created with DNA origami technology. The PTE is already attached to a tumor cell and recruits a T-cell. Image: Priyanka Oberoi

    DNA origami structures fitted with antibodies help immune system to target cancer cells

    Immunotherapy: Antibody kit to fight tumors

    17 August 2023 | A new study highlights the potential of artificial DNA structures that, when fitted with antibodies, instruct the immune system to specifically target cancerous cells.

  • Gil Westmeyer, Professor of Neurobiological Engineering. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

    New biological tool for tracking cellular processes

    Molecular monitoring of RNA regulation

    14 November 2022 | New biological tool for tracking cellular processes

  • Prof. Gil Westmeyer (l.) and his research team, in collaboration with Kilian Vogele (r.) and the start-up Invitris, have developed a new controlled production method to create bacteriophages for therapeutic use. Image: A. Heddergott / TUM

    Cell-free production of bacteriophages

    Viruses help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    27 July 2022 | A Munich research team has developed a new way to produce bacteriophages efficiently and without risk.

  • Hendrik Dietz, Professor of Biomolecular Nanotechnology at TUM works with the DNA origami method  Image: Astrid Eckert / TUM

    Synthetic rotary motors at the nanoscale perform mechanical work

    First electric nanomotor made from DNA material

    21 July 2022 | A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded for the first time in producing a molecular electric motor using the DNA origami method. 

  • Petra Mela, Professor of Medical Materials and Implants at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and doctoral candidate Kilian Meuller examine an artificial heart valve produced with the additive manufacturing technology melt electrowriting. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

    Scaffolds created by melt electrowriting aim to support new tissue formation

    3D printed, bioinspired heart valves

    02 June 2022 | Researchers have developed 3D printed artificial heart valves designed to allow a patient’s own cells to form new tissue. 

  • Ceren Kimna, doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Munich, examines the newly developed film for wound healing. Image: Astrid Eckert / TUM

    Biomolecular film adheres to sensitive tissue and releases active ingredients

    Multi-functional bandage helps wounds to heal

    30 May 2022 | Biomolecular film adheres to sensitive tissue and releases active ingredients

  • Hendrik Dietz, Professor for Biomolecular Nanotechnology

    „Faszination Forschung“ (issue 27)

    Quarantine for Viruses

    28 January 2022 | The TUM science magazine features Prof. Hendrik Dietz and his research.

  • Lined on the inside with virus-binding molecules, nano shells made of DNA material bind viruses tightly and thus render them harmless. Image: Elena-Marie Willner / DietzLab

    Hollow nano-objects made of DNA could trap viruses and render them harmless

    The virus trap

    15 July 2021 | To date, there are no effective antidotes against most virus infections. An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a new approach: they engulf and neutralize viruses with nano-capsules tailored from genetic material using the DNA origami method. 

  • “The Cut and Restore protein trick”. Image: Barth van Rossum

    The Cut and Restore Protein Trick: Self-excising designer proteins report isoform expression

    8 June 2021 | Our proteome is much bigger than our genome because one gene produces several variants of proteins called protein isoforms, whose disbalance is implicated in many diseases. A new bioengineered reporter system developed at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich now allows for the first time to follow protein isoform expression over time in live cells.