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Institute of Biochemistry
Biochemistry explores the basic principles of life at the molecular level. Proteins constitute the molecular building blocks of cells and are involved in almost all life processes. The complex processes of signalling pathways in cells need to be studied in order to understand, for example, metabolism in nutrition or mechanisms of medication.
At the Brandenburg Medical School our Institute conveys the fundamentals of biochemistry required for the medical profession and is the contact for all questions concerning biochemistry in the practice-oriented and science-based MHB curriculum.
Research at the Institute of Biochemistry addresses the detailed biochemical and molecular-biological characterization of signal transduction pathways which play a role in the cardiovascular system and its diseases. A further focus is on the exploration of pathways controlling brain and face development during embryogenesis. The aim is to understand the function of specific proteins in the physiological and pathophysiological context in molecular-biological detail and gain a better understanding of the complex interaction between cells, tissues and organs via new insights at the molecular level.
Our motivation is to use this knowledge to identify new targets for diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic measures. The wide and varied spectrum of methods we apply in addressing our research questions ranges from classical biochemistry and molecular biology to cell cultivation, microscopic procedures, histology and mouse genetics.
For more details (in German) see here.