Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM)
Proteins are the central products of genetic information and are the pivotal biological macromolecules that determine the structure and function of all living systems. Proteins direct organism development, metabolism and responses to environmental stimuli. Traditionally, proteins have been studied as isolated entities. However, in the post-genomic era, the necessity for a new type of protein research has arisen that, whilst continuing investigations on an atomic and molecular level, aims at a more integrated view of protein function within the natural context of living organisms.