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


„Get out of your bubble!"

August 12, 2019

Elisa D'Este, head of the scientific core facility for optical microscopy, on her story in life sciences - an interview.

Research Highlights 2018

June 27, 2019

Biosensor for blood testing at home - the yearbook of the Max Planck Society presents a research highlight from the MPI for Medical Research this year. Read what Director Kai Johnsson and his team are working on.


Fuel Cells in Bacteria

April 18, 2019

The exchange of nitrogen between the atmosphere and organic matter is crucial for life on Earth because nitrogen is a major component of essential molecules. One major route for this exchange is the anammox pathway found in certain bacteria. It proceeds via hydrazine, a highly reactive substance used by humans as a rocket fuel.

Departments of the Institute


Ilme Schlichting



Joachim Spatz



Kai Johnsson



Stefan W. Hell



September PhD/Postdoc Seminar

Sep 12, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room C

Proposal Writing (Workshop)

Sep 26, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room C

Time and Stress Management for Scientists (Workshop)

Oct 7, 2019 - Oct 8, 2019
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room C

Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Steven Benner (FfAME)

Oct 7, 2019 15:00 - 16:30
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B

October PhD/Postdoc Seminar

Oct 17, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room C

Ringberg Symposium on Giant Virus Biology

November 17, 2019

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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.


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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