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Structure formation and transport in complex systems (Graduate school 1276)

The research group of Prof. Helms uses computer simulations to investigate the dynamics and energetics of single and interacting proteins, as well as their interactions with cell membranes. Besides the usual atomistic molcular dynamics simulations, we develop model systems with medium-resolution potentials. These potentials can either be generated using individual amino acids or even whole proteins. To simulate protein-protein interactions as well as interactions of proteins and membranes, the participants are first modeled as rigid bodies. Subsequently, their Brownian movement subject to external forces is simulated.

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