Andrea Musacchio receives the Leibniz Prize 2020 for his groundbreaking work on the control of cell division.

Andrea Musacchio receives Leibniz Prize 2020

Andrea Musacchio receives the Leibniz Prize 2020 for his groundbreaking work on the control of cell division.
We conduct research across borders and dimensions – ranging from small chemical molecules to cellular networks.

From Molecule to Man

We conduct research across borders and dimensions – ranging from small chemical molecules to cellular networks.
The best ideas arise when people with different perspectives cooperate. At our institute, chemists, biologists and physicists from more than 30 countries work together.

Diversity Promotes Creativity

The best ideas arise when people with different perspectives cooperate. At our institute, chemists, biologists and physicists from more than 30 countries work together.
Cryo-electron microscopy enables us to determine the 3D structure of medically relevant protein complexes.

Making the Invisible Visible

Cryo-electron microscopy enables us to determine the 3D structure of medically relevant protein complexes.
Exciting research topics, innovative science, state-of-the-art equipment and excellent supervision: the PhD program of the IMPRS.

We Promote Talented Young Scientists

Exciting research topics, innovative science, state-of-the-art equipment and excellent supervision: the PhD program of the IMPRS.
Why scientists need to learn a new way of thinking.> Interview with Philippe Bastiaens, Director Systemic Cell Biology

"The contradictions are what makes research so fascinating"

Why scientists need to learn a new way of thinking.
> Interview with Philippe Bastiaens, Director Systemic Cell Biology
We develop new active substances for innovative therapy approaches.

From Basic Research to Applications

We develop new active substances for innovative therapy approaches.
We explore how molecular signaling networks regulate the malignant behavior of cancer cells.

Creative Networks

We explore how molecular signaling networks regulate the malignant behavior of cancer cells.
How the fascination with philosophy can lead to biology and medicine. > Interview with Andrea Musacchio, Director Mechanistic Cell Biology

"How does cancer develop?"

How the fascination with philosophy can lead to biology and medicine. 
> Interview with Andrea Musacchio, Director Mechanistic Cell Biology
What is important when you want to collaborate.> Interview with Herbert Waldmann, Director Chemical Biology

"True progress often comes from interdisciplinary research"

What is important when you want to collaborate.
> Interview with Herbert Waldmann, Director Chemical Biology
In world-class sprinters like Usain Bolt millions of muscle molecules work perfectly together. We investigate just how this works.

What Makes Usain Bolt So Fast?

In world-class sprinters like Usain Bolt millions of muscle molecules work perfectly together. We investigate just how this works.
We investigate which molecular mechanisms regulate cell division, because errors can lead to serious malformations or cancer.

Understanding Fundamental Processes

We investigate which molecular mechanisms regulate cell division, because errors can lead to serious malformations or cancer.
We develop new active substances for innovative therapy approaches.

From Basic Research to Applications

We develop new active substances for innovative therapy approaches.
What makes young scientists successful> Interview with Stefan Raunser, Director Structural Biochemistry

"Faith in oneself, that is important"

What makes young scientists successful
> Interview with Stefan Raunser, Director Structural Biochemistry
Bruno is working highly interdisciplinary, as a physicist he is developing microscopes and performing the biology to measure dynamics in living cells.

New techniques to uncover biology

Bruno is working highly interdisciplinary, as a physicist he is developing microscopes and performing the biology to measure dynamics in living cells.
The bark of Phyllanthus engleri contains a substance that kills renal cancer cells – and spares healthy cells. We are exploring whether an effective new drug can be derived from this.

Nature as pharmacy

The bark of Phyllanthus engleri contains a substance that kills renal cancer cells – and spares healthy cells. We are exploring whether an effective new drug can be derived from this.

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


Andrea Musacchio receives Leibniz Prize 2020

December 05, 2019

Andrea Musacchio receives the Leibniz Prize 2020 for his groundbreaking work on the control of cell division.

President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits COMAS

November 29, 2019

On November 22nd the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited COMAS at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology to learn more about drug research in Dortmund.

Scientists awarded Millions for muscle research

October 21, 2019

Prestigious ERC Synergy Grant to Stefan Raunser and partners to study the nanostructure of muscles 

Weak point in pathogenic bacteria

October 04, 2019

Max Planck researchers make weak point in pathogens visible

Key Publications


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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 @ 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

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