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CSSB research covers themes in infection biology specifically; bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens and their interactions with their host, the human body. Our focus is to develop an in-depth understanding of the underlying molecular structures of the infection process – a challenging task which, we will face not only with technical and methodological expertise but also with courageous spirit and unwavering determination.

To conduct its structural biology research the CSSB will use the world-renowned X-ray light sources in Hamburg; the synchrotron storage ring, PETRA III, and the free electron laser, European XFEL. The beamlines of these facilities, located on the DESY campus and nearby in Schenefeld, will be used in conjunction with single particle cryo-electron microscopy and a range of “omics” technologies, available at CSSB, to provide a full range of structural biology and analytical techniques. With this unique combination of research methods and tools, we are aiming to investigate a wide range of interactions involved in the infection process: from the molecular level of interactions to single cells, viral and bacterial pathogens, and ultimately entire host organisms.

Research at CSSB is cooperative, collaborative and interdisciplinary. By combining their individual expertise and actively working together CSSB scientists will be able to effectively tackle our challenging research goals. Collaborative research projects will therefore be given special support.

Specific details regarding individual research projects can be found on the pages of the CSSB research groups.