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Dora Tang, Ph.D.

Dora Tang is Research Group Leader of the group Dynamic Protocellular Systems at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden.

She studied chemistry and did her Ph.D. in membrane physics at the Imperial College London. Following her Ph.D., she received a Knowledge Transfer Secondment fund from Imperial College and worked at the Diamond Light Source (UK's national synchrotron science facility) in Oxfordshire, before starting her postdoc at the Centre for Protolife Research of the University of Bristol. Since 2016 she has been leading the group “Dynamic Protocellular Systems” at the MPI-CBG.

The laboratory of Dora Tang is focused on mimicing cellular processes using in-vitro minimal systems. In particular, they use a molecular understanding of interactions between polymers, lipids, peptides, nucleotides and proteins to design and construct novel dynamic protocells using bottom up approaches. These model systems allow them to question the current understanding of biology whilst developing new technologies for synthetic biology applications.

She is a Visiting Fellow in June 2018 in the context of the CAS Research Group "Recreating the Origin of Life" following an invitation from Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun.

On 26 June 2018 she will give a lecture on "Synthetic Cellular Models for Probing the Origin of Life" at the Faculty of Physics".