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.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Waldmann receives important European Award in Peptide Chemistry

May 20, 2020

For his lifetime achievements in peptide and protein chemistry Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Waldmann is awarded The Josef Rudinger Memorial Lecture Award.

Stable conditions during cell division

February 26, 2020

GTSE1 regulates microtubules and thus prevents errors in the distribution of chromosomes

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.

Research at the Institute


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


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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