Research in 3D
For our 2013 end-of-year lecture Prof. Dr. Dieter Willbold and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Strodel from the Institute of Complex Systems, will offer vivid insights into the vital microcosm of proteins. Proteins function like small machines in our body’s cells and work tirelessly to carry out a wide variety of tasks. However, even if these molecular motors are only slightly damaged, this can have serious consequences for both the cell and the entire organism and lead to diseases.
The Jülich researchers from the subinstitute of Structural Biochemistry at the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS) are investigating the dynamic interactions between biological macromolecules and their correct three-dimensional structure. Their aim is to understand these interactions and to determine the structure of the protein complexes involved in decisive cellular processes – if possible, in atomic resolution. In addition, the researchers are developing novel methods for the early diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, with a strong focus on Alzheimer’s.
The lecture will be in German with simultaneous interpretation into English.