Centre for Structural Systems Biology


The new CSSB building with the bridge (in the background) to the adjacent PETRA III experimental hall "Max von Laue" in 2016.

CSSB laboratory

CSSB laboratory (Photo: Tina Mavric).

CSSB lecture hall

CSSB lecture hall (Photo: Tina Mavric)

Site diagram

Site diagram of the new CSSB building (copyright: hammeskrause architekten).


The Centre for Structural Systems Biology, is a new interdisciplinary centre on the DESY campus dedicated to infection research. The result of an agreement among leading research institutions in Northern Germany, the CSSB will unite scientists from different disciplines under one roof, enabling close cooperation focused on key processes during the early stages of an infection. The new building offers office and laboratory space to about 150 scientific and technical staff.

Within this collaboration, DESY will provide direct and fast access to experimental facilities at PETRA III. By fostering strategic co-operations and networking between universities and non-university research institutions, CSSB will be able to fully exploit existing resources and drive synergies in interdisciplinary approaches. Both its concept and infrastructure will make CSSB a highly innovative alliance institute, enabling it to rapidly gain visibility at national and international levels and develop into a leading research centre in the field.

CSSB is a joint initiative of ten research partners from Northern Germany including DESY.

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