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Molecular and Cellular Physiology (IBI-1)

IBI-1 investigates the mechanisms of molecular and cellular signal processing using modern methods from biochemistry, biophysics, and fluorescence microscopy. We study the properties of single molecules and proteins, cellular signal transduction as well as information processing in intact neuronal networks. More: Molecular and Cellular Physiology (IBI-1) …


Mechanobiology (IBI-2)

Our research is focused on the biomechanics of cells and their mechanical interaction with the environment. We employ modern methods of cell biophysics and cell biology complemented by biomimetic model systems. More: Mechanobiology (IBI-2) …


Bioelectronics (IBI-3)

Our interdisciplinary team of physicists, chemists, biologists and electrical engineers studies and develops functional assemblies of biological components and electronic devices. More: Bioelectronics (IBI-3) …

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Biomacromolecular Systems and Processes (IBI-4)

We investigate the collective behaviour of systems consisting of interacting biomacromolecules, red blood cells, and novel thermosensitive DNA hybrid particles. Our aim is to gain a fundamental quantitative understanding of their phase and transport behaviour, and their biological functions. For this purpose, we analyse the systems for realistically high concentrations of their components under non-equilibrium conditions due to concentration and temperature gradients, flow, electric fields and spatial confinement. Our main research techniques are advanced microscopy and scattering methods, rheology and microfluidics, as well as theoretical methods and computer simulations. More: Biomacromolecular Systems and Processes (IBI-4) …

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Theoretical Physics of Living Matter (IBI-5/IAS-2)

We employ theory, modeling, and simulation to study and understand the structure, self-assembly, and non-equilibrium dynamics of complex soft, active, and living matter -- on the basis of physical principles. More: Theoretical Physics of Living Matter (IBI-5/IAS-2) …


Cellular Structural Biology (IBI-6)

Our research aims to establish a fundamental, physics-based understanding of the function of bio-macromolecular systems. In this respect proteins and (protein based) macromolecular complexes, also within in their cellular context, are of particular interest for our research topics. We use and develop single-molecule techniques to study functional conformational changes of proteins, protein folding, and interactions of bio-macromolecules. More: Cellular Structural Biology (IBI-6) …

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Structural Biochemistry (IBI-7)

The structure and dynamics of proteins as well as their interaction with ligands forms the main area of our research focus; we concentrate our investigations, therefore, on molecules which play an important role in fundamental cellular processes, in neurodegenerative diseases, or in viral infections. More: Structural Biochemistry (IBI-7) …

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Neutron Scattering and Biological Matter (IBI-8/JCNS-1)

We investigate the structure and dynamics of soft matter using neutron scattering and complementary methods from molecular to macroscopic length and time scales, develop neutron scattering instruments and make them available to external researchers. More: Neutron Scattering and Biological Matter (IBI-8/JCNS-1) …


Technical and Administrative Infrastructure (PGI/JCNS-TA and IBI-TA)

Our administrative staff provides advice and support in all matters concerning personnel, order processing, public relations and much more. Our engineers and mechanics work closely with scientists; our programmers and IT specialists offer technical advice, develop device drivers and control software as well as imaging techniques for real-time simulations.  IBI-4, -5, and -8 are all supported by the Technical Services and Administration department PGI/JCNS-TA. IBI-2 and -3 are supported by the Technical and Administrative Infrastructure IBI-TA (in German).: Technical and Administrative Infrastructure (PGI/JCNS-TA and IBI-TA) …