Research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry 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 and electron spin resonance spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic tomography, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, or atomistic computer simulations. At the same time the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry 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.