Chemical Biology at the University of Konstanz draws on the combined expertise of chemistry, biology and computer science to understand how physiological processes are steered at the molecular and atomic levels by characterising and exploring the interactions between the building blocks of cells. This includes efforts to explore how biological systems adapt to changing conditions on the molecular and networking level, to understand and predict the impact of natural and synthetic molecules on biological systems and, ultimately, to create new hybrid systems with customised properties.
This research priority has close links with the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB, GSC 218), which has been funded within the Excellence Initiative from 2007 until 2019 and seeks to explain the processes of life in chemical terms, and with the DFG-funded CRC 969 “Chemical and Biological Principles of Cellular Proteostasis”. Chemical Biology at the University of Konstanz is housed in the closely cooperating Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Computer and Information Science as well as in the Centre for Chemical Biology (CCB). This state-of-the-art research building was funded in the Programme on Research Buildings of the German Council of Science and Humanities and unites research teams from the fields of chemistry and biology in one shared laboratory hub.