Through an approach to experimental and computational research, which combines biophysics, bioinformatics, biochemistry and molecular dynamics, our academics intend to address studies related to the structure, function and evolution of proteins and genetic systems.
On the one hand, their eyes are focused on the analysis of metamorphic proteins and the search for results that allow the generation of biomedical and bioengineering applications, such as the development of new antibacterials and treatments against diseases caused by prions. Other investigations aim to discover enzymes in Chilean extremophiles; the optimization of the selectivity and specificity of enzymes, and the synthesis of intermediate molecules of industrial interest through biocatalytic processes.
The approach to computational and mathematical research, adding to recombinant DNA tools of synthetic biology, has also been the inclination of the IIBM researchers who study and try to develop new genetic systems. They focus on two main lines: dynamic systems and multicellular coordination. Likewise, a special focus has been placed on the study of biofilms, the production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and cell-cell interaction processes.