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


A new class of light-controllable fluorescent dyes designed for super-resolution microscopy
Small biocompatible photoactivatable fluorophores, called PaX dyes, enable nanoscale fluorescence imaging with several super-resolution microscopy techniques.


A Max Planck spin-off develops more powerful and resource-saving batteries

A Max Planck spin-off develops more powerful and resource-saving batteries

An invention by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research could make batteries much more energy dense, efficient and safer. The research team has found a way to produce very fine metal fleeces, the batene fleece, that can serve as current collectors in batteries and make them more powerful. Batene GmbH, a spin-off of the institute, has licensed the technology through the Max Planck Society’s central technology transfer company, Max Planck Innovation, and is now marketing it. For this, the start-up is receiving initial funding of 10 million euros.

On the trail of an old acquaintance
The Department of Chemical Biology has developed a biosensor that allows for the first time the tracking of concentration changes of the cofactor coenzyme A (CoA) in living cells and the determination of absolute cellular CoA concentrations in real time.


Departments of the Institute

Ilme Schlichting

Joachim Spatz

Kai Johnsson

Stefan W. Hell

Events and Media

Events and visits possible again
Visits and events are now possible again at the MPI for Medical Research. We offer most events in a hybrid format. You can participate both on site and virtually.



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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