Access to Hightech Infrastructure all over Europe

New Alliance “Instruct” connects cutting edge technologies across the borders



Abbildung einer Protein Sample Production Facility

.......Arbeitsgruppe Joop van den Heuvel

Making the most advanced technologies available to researchers all over Europe is the goal of the initiative “Instruct”. Fifteen research institutes from eight countries have launched this cooperation today in Brussels. Many more are supposed to follow and further broaden the shared technological basis. The HZI and four other German institutes are part of this alliance.


Instruct’s main focus is structural biology, a scientific discipline aiming to resolve the three-dimensional structure of biological molecules. The structure provides important insights into the biological function of these molecules, which in turn may lead to new concepts in understanding and fighting diseases.


The central hub of the Instruct network is the website This platform provides access to high-end technologies which most single research groups could not afford. Examples are highly specialized cell culture methods for protein expression housed at the HZI as well as newest imaging technologies like cryo-electron tomography or the use of electron accelerators for the analysis of molecular structures.
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