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Welcome to Institut für Physikalische Biologie

The function of each cell and each organism decisively depends on the dynamic interactions between biological macromolecules and on their correct three-dimensional structure. Faulty interaction and incorrectly folded structures eventually lead to diseases and ageing. Our aim is to understand these interactions and to determine the three-dimensional structure of the protein complexes involved in decisive cellular processes - if possible, in atomic resolution. Beyond that, we develop novel methods for the early diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, with a strong focus on Alzheimer's dementia. [more]

Prof. Dr. Dieter Willbold is the director of the institute. His Department focusses on Modelling Systems, Virus-Host-Interaction and Neurofunction/Neurodegeneration. [more] The Department of Prof. Dr. Henrike Heise is developing new methods in the field of solid state NMR-Spektroscopy.

A close cooperation exists with the Institute of Biological Information Processing Structural Biochemistry (IBI-7) at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, which is also headed by Prof. Dr. Willbold. Together, the two institutes run the Biomolecular NMR-Center in Jülich.

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