“Microcosm Earth Center” research groups are complete
Dr. Martina Preiner has joined the MPI-TM as a new Max Planck Research Group Leader. Her group "Geochemical Protoenzymes" at the "Microcosm Earth Center" explores transitions from geo- to biochemistry: How can life emerge from the non-living?
Towards a “biochemical blueprint”
Highly efficient and without greenhouse gas emissions, special enzymes called hydrogenases convert hydrogen. A team led by Dr. Seigo Shima focuses on producing such an active [Fe]-hydrogenase in a test tube, following nature's example. The team has now identified two missing links in the biosynthetic chain - both belong to a class of enzymes that is truly something special.
Viruses in the Spotlight
Dr. Katharina Höfer and colleagues from the Central Hesse Research Campus visited the University of Wisconsin - and brought back new perspectives for scientific collaborations in biochemistry on the topic of RNA biology.
Dr. Henrike Niederholtmeyer receives ERC Starting Grant
The Emmy-Noether-Research Group Leader receives 1.5 Mio. Euro for the development and investigation of synthetic compartments
Revealing Biochemical “Rings of Power”
Genome mining uncovers a widespread class of natural products that could be excellent candidates for future drugs