The LMU's Gene Center combines interdisciplinary research and teaching in pivotal areas of modern biology. It hosts the research groups of the Department of Biochemistry (Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy), intra- and extramurally funded independent junior research groups, and several groups of the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Research groups address central questions of the life sciences using state-of-the-art technologies. Main research areas are structural and molecular biology, genome and system biology, innate immunity and infection biology, and translational medicine. The Gene Center is currently directed by Karl-Peter Hopfner.