Our research in Biochemistry and Systematic Biology contributes to sustainable development in many different ways. Amongst others, we work with
Phytochromes are light sensitive proteins in plants and bacteria. We study their structure and thereby their detailed function. In the future, our research may contribute to the development of plants with specific characteristics that can be used to make agriculture more efficient.
Good health and well-being
Several projects investigate the molecular mechanisms behind different cancers, bacterial resistance and neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. We use structure-based drug design to find new candidates for pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, a predictive models of biomolecules are developed to assist diagnostics, reveal the causes of diseases and to assists drug development. Several of the proteins studied are common drug targets.
Fertility problems are commonly associated with the reproductive health of women. Our research on the structure of sperm tails gives a better and broader understanding of the problem of infertility.
Clean Water and sanitation
One of our goals is to better understand the transcription of virulence genes of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae in order to be able to more efficiently get rid of it in drinking water. Another of our research targets is aquaporins, proteins that act as water filters in the cells. These can potentially be isolated and used in water filtration devices.
Affordable and clean energy
Artificial biological systems could potentially reduce the energy requirements of industry in the future. Our studies of photosynthesis contribute to a basic understanding of efficient energy production.
Industry, innovations and infrastructure
Examples from our research within drug design have been commercialised and may lead to future pharmaceuticals.