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


Resolving the photoswitching mechanism of a fluorescent protein

March 30, 2020

Combined use of X-ray free-electron laser and spectroscopy provides new insights into the mechanism of the off-to-on photoswitching in the fluorescent protein rsEGFP2.

"A new building as a symbol of Heidelberg science"

March 10, 2020

The winning design for the new building of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research has been determined - Behnisch Architects win the competition. The new 13-storey building, around 45 meters high, will be erected at the southern entrance to the Neuenheimer Feld. With its open and modern language, the new building is to be the prelude to the campus.

LAMAs in control

February 17, 2020

Scientists from the Department of Chemical Biology and collaborators introdue a family of molecular ‘switches’ – so called LAMAs – to control the cellular localization of GFP fusion proteins. It enables to probe their biological function.

Departments of the Institute


Ilme Schlichting


Joachim Spatz


Kai Johnsson


Stefan W. Hell


HOTTOP seminar series

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

HOTTOP seminar series

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

HOTTOP seminar series

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

HOTTOP seminar series

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

Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Theresa Guise (Indiana University)

May 4, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B

Events and visits cancelled

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


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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