Understand What We Do

Understand What We Do

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From microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses to mammals, cells form the basis of all life. Cells consist of a multitude of different molecules which are studied in biophysics. As a multidisciplinary field of research, biophysics combines biological, physical and chemical questions: How is a particular biomolecule structured, how does it function, how does it behave under different conditions and how does it interact with other molecules?

At the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, we are mainly interested in protein molecules that are located in the envelopes of the cells. These so-called membrane proteins play an important role when investigating body functions and diseases or developing new drugs. Being a connection between the cell interior and the fluid surrounding the cells, membrane proteins control the transport of substances and the transfer of information within living organisms.

Our research teams constantly provide exciting new insights into the structure and function of membrane proteins, which help us to better understand and treat diseases such as covid-19 or tuberculosis.

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At Max Planck Institute of Biophysics we are dedicated to basic research. What is basic research about? Take a look at this explainer:

The Max Planck Society – in 75 Seconds

Knowledge is everything. And basic research is the most important process to understand our world and broaden our horizon. Among all the basic research institutions worldwide, the Max Planck Society provides one of the best environments for top scientists. But how exactly do we make this possible? Here it is -- Explained in 75 sconds.
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