The institute is part of the center of preclinical medicine of the  medical faculty of the University of Münster.

Physiological Chemistry is the old name for biochemistry with medical questions; many biochemical institutes at medical faculties are still designated as such. Pathobiochemistry is the study of diseases as deviations from normal biochemical processes.

The research in the institute is focused on the structure and function of the extracellular matrix and how the extracellular matrix impacts on inflammation, as well as on intracellular protein sorting.

The institute is further responsible for the teaching of medical and dental students in the field of biochemistry /molecular biology and pathobiochemistry.