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


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.

Kai Johnsson to serve as JACS Executive Editor

The director of our Department of Chemical Biology will join the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 2021. His current research interests focus on the development of chemical approaches to visualize and manipulate biochemical activities in living cells.

On the death of Hermann Bujard on July 31st, 2020

August 19, 2020

Das MPI für medizinische Forschung trauert um Prof. Dr. Hermann Bujard, der seit 1996 Externes Wissenschaftliches Mitglied des Instituts war. Er war ein herausragender Wissenschaftler und ein geschätzter langjähriger Freund.

Departments of the Institute


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.

HOTTOP seminar series

Nov 30, 2020 15:00 - 16:00

HOTTOP seminar series

Dec 14, 2020 15:00 - 16:00


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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