The new "Laboratory for Structural Biology of Infection and Inflammation" was inaugurated on the campus of the "Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron" DESY in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld on 25th January 2007. The laboratory is jointly used for structural analysis of proteins by the groups Betzel (Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Hamburg) and Hilgenfeld (Institute for Biochemistry of the University of Lübeck).
The labotarory is equipped with state-of-the-art technology on the field of crystallisation of macromolecules and their structural analysis and offers services and support in the field of the protein structure analysis and in particular in protein crystallography. Three state of the art robot systems are available for the crystallization of proteins, nucleic acids and macromolecular complexes supplemented by an imaging system for the scoring of the crystallization set-ups. Furthermore the lab is equipped with two systems for dynamic light scattering.
By an agreement with the DESY, accession to the X-ray beamlines of the storage ring PETRA III is available to collect and analyse diffraction data. All further steps of structure analysis and calculations can be done at the application laboratory of the group on the DESY campus and at the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. Both locations are equipped with modern graphics-computers.
Structural biology is one of the topics of the study course Molecular Life Sciences. Training in the field of structural analysis of biological macromolecules takes place here. Semiary rooms, labs, and special computer workstations are available.