Structure and Function of Proteins
Structural biology is a powerful method to derive an understanding of the molecular basis of biological phenomena by visualizing the involved biomacromolecules at atomic resolution. The Department Structure and Function of Proteins uses protein crystallography to investigate proteins that play a role in infectious disease, e.g. by controlling the production of toxic molecules or by acting as toxins themselves. Our research in structural biology is complemented by biochemical and biophysical methods, and we employ all of these technologies to also aid drug discovery projects at the HZI.
The beauty and logic of protein structures never fail to amaze me.
Wulf Blankenfeldt studied chemistry at the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TU) and earned his doctorate in “Crystal structure analysis of tyrosine aminotransferase from Trypanosoma cruzi at 2.5 Å resolution”. He then became a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of St. Andrews, UK, and later at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, where he also started his own research group in the Department of Physical Biochemistry in 2002.
In 2010, he became associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth before returning to Braunschweig in August 2013. Blankenfeldt is full professor for Structural Biology of Proteins at Technische Universität Braunschweig and also heads the Department Structure and Function of Proteins at the HZI.
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