Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

Our research aims at an understanding of the physics and function of proteins, protein complexes, and other biomolecular structures at the atomic level. For this purpose, complex computer simulations of the atomistic dynamics are carried out. Read more about our research projects at our RESEARCH website.

Open Positions

Open PhD position for the project on Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints...
...in connection to the new Research Training Group “Cytoskeletal elements of active matter – from molecular interactions to cellular biophysics”. more
Open postdoc position in the research group Computational Biomolecular Dynamics
Development and application of alchemical free energy calculation methods more

Our Research Groups


Helmut's scientific writing guidelines

Scientific Writing: The Art of Programming Brains
Struggling with writing your paper draft or thesis? Here’s advice my students found helpful over the years. It’s version 1.0 -- Comments, suggestions, corrections highly appreciated! more

Press releases & research news 

Research Group of Helmut Grubmüller

Helmut Grubmüller elected as member of the Leopoldina

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honors the biophysicist for his outstanding scientific achievements and the special expertise in his field of research. (in German) more

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Research Group of Bert de Groot

<span>Wojciech Kopec receives Human Frontier Science Program grant 2021</span>

The biophysicist at the institute receives about 1.1 million euros funding for the next three years, together with two colleagues. With the grant’s help, the researchers will investigate the physiological effects of ultrasound waves on ion channel signaling. more

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Research Group of Aljaz Godec

Cell Adhesion Explained Through Many-Body Physics

Kristian Blom and Aljaž Godec at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry successfully exploited the Ising model – which was originally used to describe ferromagnetism – to understand how the avidity of adhesion receptors and the strength of cellular adhesion can be regulated by mechanics. more

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