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Macromolecular Complexes in Action





The Cluster of Excellence Frankfurt (CEF) is a centre for the investigation of macromolecular complexes based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. CEF was selected in the 2006 excellence initiative for substantial funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for an initial 5 year period. In 2012 the DFG funding was extended for another 5 years.

In CEF, scientists at the Goethe University Frankfurt and two Max Planck Institutes 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.



• To determine structure and function of macromolecular complexes at an increasing level of complexity
• To pursue collaborative projects only possible in CEF
• To promote high-risk projects

The Cluster is dedicated to scientific excellence and early independence of young researchers.

CEF is an interdisciplinary centre within the Goethe University Frankfurt, assigned directly to the University President.