Cluster of Excellence (CEF)
The Cluster of Excellence Frankfurt (CEF) "Macromolecular Complexes" was a centre for the investigation of macromolecular complexes based in Frankfurt am Main from November 2006 until October 2019. CEF was selected in the 2006 excellence initiative for substantial funding by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) for an initial 5-year period. In 2012 the DFG funding was extended for another 5 years. In CEF, scientists of Goethe University Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research investigated the structure and function of large macromolecular complexes, in particular membrane proteins and their assemblies, complexes involved in signal transduction and quality control, and RNA-protein complexes. The Cluster was dedicated to scientific excellence and early independence of young researchers. Participants from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics included the directors and research group leaders Ernst Bamberg, Gerhard Hummer, Werner Kuehlbrandt, Hartmut Michel, Misha Kudryashev, Arne Moeller, and Nadine Schwierz-Neumann as well as junior scientists Carola Hunte, Karen Davies, José Faraldo-Gómez, Roy Lancaster, Thomas Meier, and Christine Ziegler.
More than 3000 peer-reviewed publications have resulted from Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes.