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Welcome to the website of the Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes (CEF)

CEF is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In this cluster, scientists at the Goethe University Frankfurt and two Max Planck Institutes in Frankfurt investigate the structure and function of large macromolecular complexes, in particular membrane proteins and their assemblies, complexes involved in signal transduction and quality control, and RNA-protein complexes. The aims are to determine structure and function of macromolecular complexes at an increasing level of complexity, to pursue collaborative projects only possible in CEF and to promote high-risk projects. CEF is dedicated to scientific excellence and early independence of young researchers.



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When quality control fails

June 2015. New autophagy receptor with central role in cellular quality control discovered


Frankfurter Forscherin an Schaltstelle der deutschen Hochschulentwicklung

Mai 2015. Simone Fulda übernimmt die Leitung des Ausschusses für Forschungsbauten im Wissenschaftsrat


DFG extends SFB 902 funding

May 2015. Collaborative research centre "Molecular Principles of RNA-based Regulation" receives 8.9 million Euro of research funding.


EMBO announces new members for 2015

May 2015. Amparo Acker-Palmer elected EMBO Member


Novel gene causing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

May 2015. Haploinsufficiency of TBK1 causes familial ALS and fronto-temporal dementia


From heart attacks to cancer: Which role do long, non-coding RNAs play?

May 2015. Biologist Stefanie Dimmeler receives ERC Advanced Grant


How do neurons and blood vessels “talk” to each other?

May 2015. Neurobiologist Amparo Acker-Palmer receives an ERC Advanced Grant


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