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


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.

Kick-off for cooperation project 'Snifits4Health'

February 05, 2020

Scientists at the MPIMR and the Fraunhofer Institutes for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) as well as for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF) want to develop a portable measuring device for the minute-by-minute determination of the blood concentrations of metabolites.

LInDA - disconnecting cells with light

January 27, 2020

Scientists from the Department of Cellular Biophysics and collaborators present an optochemical tool for precise control of cell-cell adhesions and study of collective cell behavior - LInDA.

Departments of the Institute


Ilme Schlichting


Joachim Spatz


Kai Johnsson


Stefan W. Hell


HOTTOP seminar series

Feb 24, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Mar 9, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

Mentale Strategien für Promovierende - Kick-off

Mar 10, 2020 14:00 - 16:00
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B

Workshop Project Management for PhD students and postdocs

Mar 11, 2020 09:00 - Mar 12, 2020 17:00
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B

11th Ringberg Workshop

February 09, 2020



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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