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


Scientists at the MPI for Medical Research develop HaloTag variants that enable tuning of fluorescence lifetime and allow imaging various proteins of interest using the same fluorophore and only one channel.

The former PhD student and current postdoc in the Optical Nanoscopy Department is honored for her outstanding dissertationin the field of cancer research.

We mourn the loss of an exceptionally creative, cheerful colleague and friend and an outstanding scientist who pioneered the use of synchrotron radiation as an intensive X-ray source for crystallography.

Departments of the Institute

Ilme Schlichting

Joachim Spatz

Kai Johnsson

Stefan W. Hell

Events and Media

Visits and events are now possible again at the MPI for Medical Research. We offer most events in a hybrid format. You can participate both on site and virtually.


Education and Careers

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.

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.

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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