Who we are - what we do

Studying the molecular basis of living systems is the leitmotif of Biochemistry. From the analysis of chemical structures from experienced nature to the research of biological functions, Biochemistry shows a fascinating scientific diversity. The historical development of this discipline was based on metabolic reactions, enzymology and their energetics. Today, however, modern biochemical research has fanned out into numerous different technological areas.

Using refined methods of Structural Analysis such as protein crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance or mass spectrometry, the fundamentals for understanding the biomolecular functions of proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates as well as lipids are clarified. Together with the methods of molecular biology, detailed insights into the mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis, substance and electron transport, signal transduction and cell / cell communication are obtained.

The analysis of biomolecular relationships and their quantitative description allow ever more powerful models and more precise simulations, for example to differentiate between healthy and diseased processes in cells and organs. The systematic recording of all genes and proteins of an organism ultimately leads to the system-oriented description of living beings. On the material side, it has become possible to achieve new structures and functions with combinatorial methods and increasingly also with rational approaches. For example, recombinant proteins, some of which are equipped with new functions through protein engineering, as well as synthetic nucleic acids have significantly expanded the repertoire of therapeutic agents in recent years.

The more 750 members of the division Biochemistry German Chemical Society put their focus of interest to the description and understanding of the structures of biomolecules and quantification of molecular processes inside and outside the cell. An important goal is always the reference to synthetic Biology. Only the constant improvement of the methods for their manipulation and the increase in knowledge about the structure-function relationships of the biomolecules enable their intelligent use. Tailor-made proteins are the first examples of how new substances with beneficial properties for applications in health, analytics, the environment and preparative chemistry can arise from basic biochemical research.

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