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


Michelle Frei honored with EDCH Doctoral Program Thesis Distinction Top 8%

January 08, 2021
Michelle Frei, former PhD student of Kai Johnsson in the Department of Chemical Biology, was granted the Distinction Top 8% of EDCH Doctoral Program Thesis. The program for chemistry and chemical engineering at EPFL honors very high quality theses once a year to highlight scientific excellence of their candidates.

Berkeley Professor Christopher J. Chang to stay at MPIMR after being awarded the Humboldt Research Award

December 07, 2020
Christopher J. Chang, professor of chemistry at the University of Berkeley, was awarded the Humboldt Research Award. The award, honoring internationally recognized researchers, includes a stay at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg where Chang will be hosted by Professor Kai Johnsson.

Introducing Color-Switching Fluorophores for Bioimaging

September 24, 2020
New biosensor developed in the Department of Chemical Biology enables quantification of analytes based on the color of emitted light.

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Ilme Schlichting


Joachim Spatz


Kai Johnsson


Stefan W. Hell


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.

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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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