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Can we make synthetic cells? Why would we want to do it?

Kate Adamala is a biochemist working on building cell-like bioreactors that mimic live organisms. She is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her research group aims at using those cell mimics, aka synthetic minimal cells, to develop new tools for bioengineering, drug development and for understanding how biology works. Kate’s research spans questions from the origin and earliest evolution of life, through using synthetic biology to colonize space, to the future of biotechnology and medicine.


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Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala is a biochemist working on building synthetic cells.

Kate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her lab combines top-down and bottom-up approaches to synthetic biology to build synthetic minimal cells. Synthetic cells help us studying basic properties of life, understand the origin of life on Earth and give guidance looking for life elsewhere in the Universe. We are building models for studying diseases, for creating novel therapies and making custom biofactories.