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The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is, together with the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Cell Research, located in the new building of the Centre for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Research (ZBMZ). The institute belongs to the Theoretikum of the Faculty of Medicine at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. It is mainly devoted to basic research, but the work includes medical and biotechnological implications which have led to collaborations with clinical institutes and the industry. The major common themes of our research are the cellular mechanisms of targeting, transport, folding and modification of proteins. The studies are performed with single-cell organisms (yeast and prokaryotes) and cell cultures. The research is funded by a large number of grants, including grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Collaborative Research Centre 1381 on “Dynamic Organization of Cellular Protein Machineries” (SFB 1381), the Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies (Cluster of Excellence CIBSS) and the European Research Council (ERC).

Organization and Teaching

The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology consists of independent research groups with a common infrastructure (technical management, administration, mechanics, instrument shop, photographic laboratory). The Institute provides the complete teaching program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for students of Medicine, Dentistry and Molecular Medicine. It sustains numerous scientific and social interactions between the laboratories. One such activity is a seminar series, in which postdocs and PhD students of the Institute as well as Guest Speakers present their scientific findings. All seminars are given in English since the PhD students and postdocs of the Institute come from more than fifteen different countries.




Distinguished Guest Professor in Kyoto

Nikolaus Pfanner, biochemist and molecular biologist of the University of Freiburg, has been honored as Guest Professor of the Kyoto Sangyo University.

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Stress in the Powerhouse of the Cell

University of Freiburg researchers discover a new principle – how cells protect themselves from mitochondrial defects
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TOM, the entry gate of mitochondria

Structure and functional steps of the main entry gate of the cellular powerhouses have been solved in a collaboration of Japanese and Freiburg research teams

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