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


EU funding for research into giant viruses
Group leader Matthias Fischer has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. His research into the diversity, functions, and evolution of giant viruses will be funded for five years with 2.4 million Euros.
QuantiLight wins hei_INNOVATION idea competition at first IMPACT DAY
Researchers of the Chemical Biology Department, Corentin Gondrand and Estelle Bonedeau, inspired the jury with their solution for portable, at home blood testing for patients. They were awarded in the category for social innovation at the Heidelberg University event on May 11th.
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.

Departments of the Institute

Ilme Schlichting
Joachim Spatz
Kai Johnsson
Stefan W. Hell

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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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August 14, 2023
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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