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


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.

Joachim Spatz a new member of the Leopoldina

July 17, 2020

The Heidelberg Max Planck Director Joachim Spatz has been elected to membership of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina this July.

Buildings of DNA

June 09, 2020

The emergence of life on earth proves that living matter can emerge from inanimate building blocks. But is it possible to replicate this process in the lab? With DNA origami, the nanoscale art of folding DNA, we design cellular components, which could take on important tasks in the living organism.

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

Sep 21, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Sep 28, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

Meyerhof Lecture with Jason Chin (MRC, Cambridge) - MOVED to October 4th, 2021

Oct 5, 2020 15:00 - 16:30
MPI for Medical Research, Room: Seminar Room A/B


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.

Go to Editor View