Welcome to HALOmem!
HALO ← city of Halle ← ἅλας (greek: salt)
mem ← membrane
HALOmem is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Halle (MLU). We focus on the structure of membrane proteins and their interactions with the surrounding membrane. HALOmem was founded as a joint effort of the Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology (Fakultät I) and the Institutes of Physics and Chemistry (Fakultät II). The research center brings together resources and special expertise from both Institutes, such as recombinant protein production, biophysical methods for studying membranes, and protein structure determination by crystallography and NMR. Within the HALOmem research center, two independent fast-track junior research groups have been established:
→ Junior Group I: Membrane Protein Biochemistry (Dr. Mikio Tanabe)
→ Junior Group II: Biophysical Chemistry of Membranes (Prof. Dr. Kirsten Bacia)
see also: Das Abenteuer Forschung, a portrait of Kirsten Bacia at “Unternehmen Region”
Following the successful defense of its extended Strategy Paper, HALOmem has recently been awarded funding for a further five years and is expanding its expertise platform with the establishment of two new independent research groups, working and collaborating within the stimulating multidisciplinary environment that has established Halle as an internationally recognised centre for pure and applied protein biochemistry, biotechnology and biophysics:
Research Group III “Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Membrane Protein Complexes”
Research Group IV “Biophysical Characterisation of Medically Relevant Membrane Proteins”
HALOmem is supported by the federal Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz (ZIK, Center for Innovation Competence) initiative of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and by the state of Sachsen-Anhalt.