Welcome to the MPI of Molecular Physiology


Every day the trillions of cells in our bodies ensure that we are able to see, think, speak and move. How does each cell ‘know’ what to do? How can an organism arise from millions of nanometer-sized molecules although there is no blueprint? What actually is ‘life’? For centuries, philosophers and natural scientists have been trying to solve this mystery. Many questions remain unresolved to this day.

We want to know how the building blocks of the cells organize themselves and ensure that certain chemical reactions occur at the right time in the right place – or how errors lead to the development of diseases like cancer. To achieve this, we are studying the relevant processes on multiple levels – from single molecules and larger protein complexes to whole cells.

News


Cells talk to each other to specialize different functions

February 16, 2021
The group of Aneta Koseska developed a new concept to describe how cells specialize during development

VolkswagenStiftung supports corona research in Dortmund

February 10, 2021
Dr. Peng Wu receives research funding of approximately 120,000 euros for the development of innovative anti-corona therapeutics

Richard Willstätter Prize for Chemical Biology awarded for the first time

January 28, 2021
Herbert Waldmann has been awarded the Richard Willstätter Prize for his outstanding contributions in the field of chemical biology

How peroxisomes catch their enzymes

December 17, 2020
Experts from different fields together reveal the first structure of the peroxisomal docking complex

Research at the Institute


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An excellent research infrastructure and the latest technologies feature Max Planck Institutes and offer an excellent working ground for young scientists.

People at the MPI

We are an international team of scientists from more than 30 nations dedicated to investigating the basic physical and biochemical processes in the cells at the molecular level

Alumni

With great interest, we try to follow the career steps of our alumni and try not to lose track of them. The MPI Dortmund was a milestone in the career of many of them. There they not only met new friends but also established important scientific contacts. 
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