Proteins are the building blocks of life. It is the interaction of many different proteins with each other, which lead to the many functions that constitute life. The goal of the Center for Functional Protein Assemblies is to unravel the governing principles which lead to the assembly of proteins to functional units, each of it specialized for specific functions, such as protein folding, cellular migration, cell division or transport processes. Understanding these interactions and making progress in biomedical sciences requires diverse expertise.
We at the Center for Functional Protein Assemblies (CPA), combine the competences of the TU Munich - from organic chemistry and biochemistry to biophysics and engineering - and bundle their know-how, far beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries.
130 scientists from 12 research groups from different fields are investigating the function and interaction of proteins on an area of around 4,000 square meter. The goal is to understand the how functional properties of proteins emerge by their interaction on the structural and cellular level and in the context of organs.
With state-of-the-art technologies, the interdisciplinary research center offers new opportunities to gain unprecedented knowledge of protein interactions. This objective requires basic research over a wide variety of interdisciplinary research fields. The CPA is combining efforts from 12 research groups from biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering and medicine to gain a deeper understanding of protein interactions.
Curiosity and a spirit of discovery in search of potentials for diagnosis, treatment and cure, are the drivers for scientific progress.