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Professor Köhnke, you have discovered a new group of enzymes – does that happen to you often? Köhnke: (laughs) Yes and no! Our research group “Structural Biology of Biosynthetic Enzymes” is always looking for new compounds and reactions. In the course of this, we also encounter new and previously unknown things – after all, this is our fundamental research goal. But to find…
Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global health problem and, at present, there is no collaborative inter-institutional and highly interdisciplinary training network explicitly focused on the discovery and development of novel anti-infective agents. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, a group of leading scientists from academia and industry from a range of European…
In this context, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig is conducting a nationwide project. The MuSPAD project (Multi-local and Serial cross-sectional Prevalence Study on Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in Germany) aims at improving knowledge on the actual spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the corresponding immunity in different population groups in…
Even though a virus is currently sweeping the globe, we know that our immune system naturally protects us against most of these disease-causing intruders. Defence cells constantly patrol our tissues, looking for pathogens. Body cells that have been invaded by a virus identify themselves by presenting fragments of the virus, called antigens, on their surface. The killer T cells of…
The healthcare systems of many countries are not prepared for an outbreak of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig coordinates an international project to collect clinical, epidemiological and immunological data in order to provide a basis for further decisions in the corona crisis. In a highly competitive call for proposals, the CORESMA…