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

News


Buildings of DNA

June 09, 2020

The emergence of life on earth proves that living matter can emerge from inanimate building blocks. But is it possible to replicate this process in the lab? With DNA origami, the nanoscale art of folding DNA, we design cellular components, which could take on important tasks in the living organism.

Pump-Probe Photo-Illumination of Biomolecules

May 28, 2020

Experiments at X-ray free-electron lasers contribute to the understanding of light-sensitive proteins. Scientists from the Department of Biomolecular Mechanisms and French collaborators describe how to conduct those measurements correctly to enable observing protein dynamics closest to their natural reaction. They point out common pitfalls and mistakes.

Otto Hahn Medal for Gabriela Nass Kovacs

May 11, 2020

The scientist from the Department for Biomolecular Mechanisms receives the award from the Max Planck Society for her outstanding doctoral research.

Departments of the Institute


Biomolecular
Mechanisms

Ilme Schlichting

Cellular
Biophysics

Joachim Spatz

Chemical
Biology

Kai Johnsson

Optical
Nanoscopy

Stefan W. Hell

Events


Events and visits cancelled

The MPI for Medical Research has cancelled all visits to the institute by non-staff groups until further notice. All events have been cancelled as well. We will give updates on new dates.

HOTTOP seminar series

Jul 6, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jul 13, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jul 20, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jul 27, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

Publications


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.

Apply now!

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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