Cellular Biochemistry & Biophysics

The Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics (CBB) section currently comprises more than 70 PhD students who are associated with several institutes of the Biology and Preclinical Medicine Faculty and the university hospital.

They are involved in various research projects focusing on the understanding of mechanistic principles, which define how cells function. Biological pathways are studied in a wide variety of organisms, including mammals, insects, plants, bacteria and archaea.

Below you will find listed the institutes in which RIGeL students of the CBB department perform their research. Furthermore, a brief overview is given of main research topics.

Chair of plant biochemistry and cell biology (Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus): Plant biochemistry and cell biology including the analysis of plant chromatin.

Chair of biophysics I (Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Robert Kalbitzer): NMR and EPR studies on  biological macromolecules.

Chair of  biochemistry I (Prof. Dr. Gunter Meister): Functions of eukaryotic small non-coding RNAs.

Chair of genetics (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seufert): Molecular mechanisms and regulation of cell division in eukaryotes.

Chair of biochemistry II (Prof. Dr. Rainhard Sterner): Enzyme engineering and evolution.

Chair of microbiology (Prof. Dr. Michael Thomm): Center for archaea research, studies on archaeal transcription, motility of archea and  cell-cell interactions in microbial communities.

Chair of biochemistry III (Prof. Dr. Herbert Tschochner): RNA synthesis on chromatin templates and maturation of ribonukleoprotein complexes in eukaryotes.

Chair of biophysics II (Prof. Dr. Christine Ziegler): X-ray crystallographic analyses on the structure and function of membrane proteins.


Associated research groups at the university hospital:

Prof. Dr. Modrow: Molecular virology.

PD Dr. Anne Rascle:  STAT 5 signaling pathways.

Prof. Dr. Michael Rehli:  Mononuclear phagocyte biology, epigenetics of differentiation.


Associated junior research groups:

Dr. Markus Kretz: Long non-coding RNAs in tissue homeostasis and disease.

Dr. Jan Medenbach: Translational control.


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