We Promote Talented Young ScientistsExciting research topics, innovative science, state-of-the-art equipment and excellent supervision: the PhD program of our IMPRS.
Zooming in on Muscle CellsMax Planck Institute’s researchers use electron cryo-tomography to reveal novel molecular details of skeletal sarcomeres.
The beauty of cell divisionCell 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 VisibleCryo-electron microscopy enables us to determine the 3D structure of medically relevant protein complexes.
Cool microscopy to uncover biologyWe develop new microscopic methods that enable the observation of molecular patterns of life.
From Molecule to ManWe conduct research across borders and dimensions – ranging from small chemical molecules to cellular networks.
Diversity Promotes CreativityThe best ideas arise when people with different perspectives cooperate. At our institute, chemists, biologists and physicists from more than 30 countries work together.
Creative NetworksWe explore how molecular signaling networks regulate the malignant behavior of cancer cells.
Nature 2.0Principle 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.