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


New fluorescent probes for imaging live cells with super-resolution microscopy

December 03, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Chemical Biology have developed a new strategy for synthesizing cell-permeable and fluorescent probes for multi-color super-resolution microscopy in live cells. The so-called MaP (Max Planck) probes are powerful tools to study biological phenomena on a molecular level. The study was published in Nature Chemistry this week.

Opening Ceremony of the Max Planck Schools

September 12, 2019

The Max Planck Schools have kicked of their first year on September 11th. Anja Karliczek, the Federal Minister for Education and Research, praised the highly innovative pilot project, which is jointly supported by universities and research institutes, at the ceremony in Berlin. The Max Planck School Matter to Life kicked-off the semester on September 2nd at the Heidelberg Max Planck Institute for Medical Research with an introductory week for the first students.

„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.

Departments of the Institute


Ilme Schlichting


Joachim Spatz


Kai Johnsson


Stefan W. Hell


HOTTOP seminar series

Dec 16, 2019 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jan 13, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jan 20, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

HOTTOP seminar series

Jan 27, 2020 15:00 - 16:00
MPImF Heidelberg, Room: Seminarraum A

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.

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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