Research in the BMWZ is focussed on natural products and divided in three main sections: Structural and Molecular Biology Synthetic Biology; and Development of new Drugs and Molecular Tools. Key groups involved in structural and molecular biology include those of Professor Teresa Carlomagno (LUH and HZI); Professor Alexander Marchanka (LUH); Professor Matthias Preller (MHH) and Professor Dietmar Manstein (MHH). In the area of synthetic Biology the groups of Professor Russell Cox (LUH), Doctor Jakob Franke (LUH) and Doctor Elizabeth Skellam (LUH) are active. Development of new drugs and tools is strongly supported by the groups of Professor Andreas Kirschning (LUH), Professor Markus Kalesse (LUH and HZI), Professor Oliver Plettenburg (LUH and HMGU) and Professor Marc Brönstrup (LUH and HZI). Professor Thomas Scheper (TCI LUH) and PD Doctor Carsten Zeilinger (Biophysics LUH) also collaborate in this area.
Current projects focus on the determination of structures of proteins which interact with nucleotides; structures of RNA; discovery and engineering of biosynthetic pathways in fungi and plants; development of imaging agents and drug delivery and controlled release technologies. See the highlights section for more details.