We Promote Talented Young Scientists

Exciting research topics, innovative science, state-of-the-art equipment and excellent supervision: the PhD program of the IMPRS.

Zooming in on Muscle Cells

Max Planck Institute’s researchers use electron cryo-tomography to reveal novel molecular details of skeletal sarcomeres

The beauty of cell division

Cell division of human cells, imaged live by lattice light-sheet microscopy. Microtubules from the mitotic spindle (yellow) allow for the duplicated chromosomes (blue) to equally separate between the newly formed daughter cells.

Making the Invisible Visible

Cryo-electron microscopy enables us to determine the 3D structure of medically relevant protein complexes.

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.

From Molecule to Man

We conduct research across borders and dimensions – ranging from small chemical molecules to cellular networks.

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.

From Basic Research to Applications

We develop new active substances for innovative therapy approaches.

Creative Networks

We explore how molecular signaling networks regulate the malignant behavior of cancer cells.

Nature 2.0

Principle and design of pseudo-natural products - new opportunities for bioactive small-molecule discovery

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.


Sidney Becker wants to kickstart evolution to understand how life evolved from pure chemistry

Cool Microscopy

December 13, 2021
Ultrarapid cooling enables the observation of molecular patterns of life

Max Planck researchers reveal how potassium channels work in insects and discover new ways to target them

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.
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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