The Technion Center for Macromolecular Structure Research provides researchers involved in biomedical, bioengineering and renewable energy research the tools to obtain and understand the structure/function relationship of biologically important molecules on the atomi
What do we do?
- Direct solar energy conversion from Photosynthesis. We have linked biological photosynthetic electron flow to a bio-photochemical cell for hydrogen production (left).
- Photosynthesis – Elucidation of the structure of the giant Phycobilisome (PBS) antenna complex, with dimensions that can reach 100nm. We have determined and deposited in the Protein Data Bank 15 structures of different PBS components, including the highest resolution structure of any PBS protein.
- Unraveling the mechanisms of difficult biochemical systems. We have deposited over 48 structures in the Protein Data Bank of proteins involved in a variety of important biological systems, including: metal ion transport proteins, bacterial enzymes, ribosomal RNA models with aminoglycosides, stress related proteins and mammalian translocation proteins.