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A major challenge for Biology in the 21st century is to reach the quantitative level of Physics and Chemistry. Following this trend, the main research goal of CPB is to develop a quantitative understanding of specific biological problems at different levels of complexity, from the single molecule level to sub-cellular macromolecular assemblies. This knowledge will enable to predict, control and engineer essential biological functions towards biomedical and/or biotechnological applications. In order to meet these challenges, CPB line gathers a powerful combination of strengths in Structural Biology, Mechanistic Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, and Computational Biology that is organized in two sublines: i) Structural and Quantitative Biology and ii) Biomolecular Recognition and Assembly. Methodologically, research at CPB involves the combination of physical chemical and biological methods to attain high-resolution structural, temporal and ensemble (single molecule versus collective behavior) information of the molecular events controlling biological phenomena with well-established expertise in the identification, isolation, quantitative characterization, modification, and engineering of peptides, proteins and macromolecular assemblies involved in essential cellular processes. CPB research efforts range from fundamental processes (such as protein structure, folding, aggregation and evolution, protein function and regulation, energetics and dynamics of biomolecular interactions), to more applied efforts towards developing new substances with pharmacological interest, such as new antibiotics. These projects cover from the structural and functional analysis of specific biological problems (such as DNA replication and repair, cell division, cancer, angiogenesis, antibiotic action and resistance, programmed cell-death, post-translational modifications, and chromatin structure) to the in vitro reconstitution and engineering of sub-cellular macromolecular machines.  The CPB line aims to combine these research efforts and multidisciplinary expertise into a common structure fostering collaboration within CPB and with other researchers at CIB and outside, and optimization of the large-scale instrument infrastructure required for this research.


Research Groups

  • Eukaryotic antibiotic peptides
    PI:
    Luis Ignacio Rivas López

  • Microtubule stabilizing agents
    PI:
    José Fernando Díaz Pereira

  • Posttranslational modification of proteins
    PI:
    Dolores Pérez-Sala Gozalo

  • Tubulins and FtsZ: targeting protein self-assembly
    PI:
    José Manuel Andreu Morales

  • Computational Chemical Biology
    PI:
    Sonsoles Martin Santamaria

  • Electron Microscopy and Three Dimensional Reconstruction of Macromolecules
    PI:
    Oscar Antonio Llorca Blanco

  • NMR and molecular recognition
    PI:
    Francisco Javier Cañada Vicinay

  • Structural Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions
    PI:
    María Cristina Vega Fernández

  • Structural Biology of Proteins
    PI:
    Antonio Romero Garrido

  • Structure of Macromolecular Assemblies
    PI:
    Carlos Fernández Tornero

  • Translational Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
    PI:
    Ana Martinez Gil


  • Department's Seminar

    20-01-2017 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Gianluca Degliesposti

    LMB-MRC, Cambridge, UK

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Combining chemical cross-linking of proteins and mass spectrometry to reveal higher order structure.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Martino , Fabrizio
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    01-12-2016 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Javier Rojo

    IIQ-CSIC, Sevilla

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Glycodendritic compounds as interesting tools in chemical biology.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Cañada Vicinay, Francisco Javier
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    04-11-2016 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Gonçalo Bernardes

    University of Cambridge, UK

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Chemistry on proteins and cells for basic biology and drug development.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Martin Santamaria, Sonsoles
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    14-10-2016 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Alessandro Costa

    Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Cryo-EM approaches to understanding the eukaryotic replisome.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Llorca Blanco, Oscar Antonio
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    30-09-2016 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Divya Chari

    Keele University, UK

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Tissue engineering approaches to improve the clinical translation of neural cell therapies.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Martinez Gil, Ana
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    14-09-2016 12:00 Department Seminar
    Speaker

    Valle Palomo

    CIB-CSIC, Madrid

    Title Depto. de Biología Físico-Química: Quantum dot bioconjugates for sensing and imaging: bright tools for chemical biology and nanomedicine.
    Venue Lecture Hall of CIB
    Research Department Chemical and Physical Biology
    CIB contact Martinez Gil, Ana
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