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


Protein injections in medicine

December 13, 2019

One day, medical compounds could be introduced into cells with the help of bacterial toxins

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

The President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited COMAS at the MPI 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 

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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