Protein research worldwide is growing rapidly, fuelled by advances in molecular biology and biophysical techniques. The formidable challenge in the coming decades is to understand how the specific structures, interactions and dynamics of tens of thousands of proteins make life happen. The fundamental knowledge gained in this endeavor will form the basis for biomedical and biotechnological innovation in the 21st century.
The Center for Molecular Protein Science (CMPS) was established in 2005 in order to bring together scientists at Lund University with a strong focus on the molecular properties and function of proteins. Four departments, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Plant Biochemistry, established CMPS. Since then, the departments of Biochemistry, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics merged into a single Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, a step which further consolidated CMPS.
CMPS has a research staff of ~22 scientists (faculty and postdocs) and ~30 PhD students. The primary research focus is on protein structure and function, structure and mechanisms of membrane proteins, protein interactions and dynamics.