Harry Parmar

Violacein is a natural purple compound shown to have anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, commercially available violacein costs up to $395,000 per gram due to slow production. By transforming genetic material containing enzymes to produce violacein into model organisms, violacein can be produced faster and inexpensively. Additionally, the bacterial strains may suggest targeted violacein drug delivery to local tumour microenvironment.