The Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology, (CNSB) in Nové Hrady is a research unit of the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences and carries out research in the field of structural and systems biology on a molecular, cell, tissue, and organism level. Hence it provides knowledge on the molecular structure of system elements and their principal metabolic and control pathways, and identifies links between these elements to describe the structure of biological systems. Methods are implemented from bioinformatics, molecular biology, microscopy, molecular modeling, and structure determination, mainly by X-ray diffraction.
The educational center and laboratories in Nové Hrady were established in 2002. The center occupies a renovated nineteenth-centrury castle. The campus in Nove Hrady was, from the very beginning, meant to serve not only for research but also as a scientific training facility, and organizes a large number of courses, workshops, conferences, and symposia.
Despite the short time of their existence, the CNSB research groups already achieved excellent scientific results published in highly visible journals including Nature, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Nature Methods, Nature Chemical Biology, Science Signaling, PLOS Computational Biology, and others. Scientists from Nove Hrady are regularly invited to speak at international conferences and symposia, get invitations to contribute review papers, book chapters, and invited papers. CNSB is regularly visited by foreign scientists and participants of international internship programs.
The Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology (CNSB) was established 1.1.2011 by a decision of the board of the Global Change Research Center of the Academy of Sciences as an independent institute within the public research institution Czechglobe. The Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology joined the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences on 1.1.2016.