How did the astonishing diversity of proteins evolve? To investigate this question, the Max Planck research group leader has been awarded the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council.
Exploring the genetic basis of biodiversity and harnessing it for applied research - these are the goals of the Hessian collaborative project LOEWE-TBG. Our department "Natural Products in Organismic Interactions" is involved in the project, which has now been extended until 2024.
The Marburg team has won the 2021 iGEM competition - the young researchers were not only the Grand Prize winners but also took home many other special awards for their project ‘OpenPlast'.
Together with cooperation partner Jean-Christophe Baret, the Max Planck Director was honored for his work on the creation of new CO2-fixing enzymes and artificial chloroplasts.
Bacterial biofilms are medically relevant because they protect bacteria from immune defenses or antibiotics. A team led by Max Planck Fellow Gert Bange has been able to show how a protein interacts with DNA due to its unusual structure and thus controls biofilm formation.