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.
Hünfeld 2022: Hybrid Workshop on Computer Simulation and Theory of Macromolecules
Thanks to all participants online and on-site in theHünfeld Monastery for contributing to our Workshop on Computer Simulation and Theory of Macromolecules! See you all again next year on April 28-29, 2023! more

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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

How microtubules switch between growing and shrinking

When in a living cell something needs to be forcefully tackled, transported, or brought into shape, microtubules are usually involved. To fulfill their tasks, they switch dynamically between growth and shrinkage. Researchers at our institute have now elucidated how the shifting between these two processes works. (in German) more

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

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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