The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPIbpc) with about 850 employees is one of the largest institutes of the Max Planck Society. It pursues a strong interdisciplinary approach by combining the classical natural sciences – biology, chemistry, and physics. The twelve scientific departments and 31 independent research groups complement each other in terms of their methodology and focus and collaborate closely with one another as well as with colleagues worldwide.
Research at the MPIbpc focuses on the fundamental mechanisms that regulate and control life processes: How is genetic information correctly translated into proteins? How do nerve cells communicate with each other? How is cellular logistics controlled? On the organismal level, researchers at the institute study the circadian rhythms of the vertebrate, or differentiation and development in multicellular organisms.
To obtain even deeper insights into the nanocosmos of living cells, scientists at the institute employ ultra-high resolution microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and tomography, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, or atomistic computer simulations. At the same time the MPIbpc concentrates on developing novel measurement and analysis methods to provide a closer look into the world of molecules. The institute also accommodates the independent Biomedical NMR Research GmbH.