Goals and research activities
The Centre for Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ) is a Leibniz Research Centre of the Leibniz University of Hannover and forms part of the Niedersächsische Wirkstoffzentrum which is a collaboration of new research centers throughout the region of Hannover-Braunschweig. The goal of the BMWZ is to bring together research groups in the areas of chemistry and biology with the aim of stimulating multidisciplinary research and training projects. The BMWZ links groups within the faculty of natural sciences at the Leibniz University including organic chemistry, technical chemistry, biophysics, botany and microbiology. The BMWZ also has active links to other regional and national research centres including HZI (Braunschweig); Twincore; MHH and HMGU (München) through shared staff and research projects. The centre was commissioned in 2014 and contains laboratory space for 80 researchers with laboratories designed for combined chemical and biological projects. The building contains a dedicated high field NMR facility (850 and 600 MHz instruments) with solution and solid phase probes; an insect cell fermentation lab for eukaryotic protein production; chemistrty laboratories supporting modern synthetic chemistry; and shared facilities for molecular and microbiology at S1 and S2 levels.
The BMWZ also supports education and training in multidisciplinary areas. In particular two subject areas are strongly supported: B.Sc and M.Sc Life Science and M.Sc Molecular Microbiology. The BMWZ also supports the doctoral training centre HSBDR (Hannover School for Biomolecular Drug Research).