Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research!

At our institute, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to basic medical science. The unifying theme of our research is to observe and manipulate the vastly complex molecular and cellular interactions that are the basis of life. more


Fast even at the nanometer level: major advance in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
Pushing the MINFLUX technique to higher spatial and temporal precision allows protein dynamics to be observed under physiological conditions. Scientists at the MPIMR observe the stepping motion of the motor protein kinesin-1 as it walks along microtubules at an unprecedented level of detail. The work highlights the power of MINFLUX as a revolutionary new tool for observing nanometer-sized conformational changes in proteins. The work was recently published in Science.

Creating 3D objects with sound

Creating 3D objects with sound

February 09, 2023
Scientists at the institute and Heidelberg University develop a new technology to assemble matter in 3D. They use sound waves to generate pressure fields with a certain shape within which particles are ‘printed’. The results were recently published in Science Advances.

Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim officially founded
The Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim has been given an institutional framework: The research alliance – launched by seven leading research institutions with the aim of building the Rhine-Neckar region into an internationally leading biomedical-technological cluster focusing on the life sciences, the health economy and medical technology – will operate as a non-profit limited liability company (gGmbh) in future.

Departments of the Institute

Ilme Schlichting

Joachim Spatz

Kai Johnsson

Stefan W. Hell

Events and Media

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Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Raphael Rodriguez (Institut Curie)

May 2, 2023 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B

Education and Careers

Max Planck Schools
Our institute is the initiator and speaker of the new Max Planck School MATTER to LIFE that wants to educate a new generation of scientists. Curious? Find all the information here.

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We are always looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic members for our institute. With the attractive city of Heidelberg and its surroundings and an excellent research environment we can offer an optimal combination of high living standards and first-class research.

Mentoring and Career Development
Talent, creativity, and passion – these are the qualities that count at our institute. As a researcher joining the MPI for Medical Research, you will work alongside scientists who are world leaders in their field. We value a culture of respect, openness and strong support for emerging talents, irrespective of background. We look forward to your contribution to our efforts towards understanding nature.
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