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.

Leibniz Prize 2020 awarded to Andrea Musacchio

On 9 November, Prof. Dr. Andrea Musacchio was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his pioneering structural biological work on the distribution of genetic material during cell division. The prize is endowed with 2.5 million euros and is the most important scientific award in Germany.

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Scientists awarded Millions for Re-Engineering Cell Division

November 05, 2020

Prof. Andrea Musacchio is part of an european research consortium awarded the prestigious ERC Synergy Grant to reconstitute cell division in vitro and in silico

Max Planck Scientists awarded the Dortmund Biomedicine Prize

September 25, 2020

Award for medically relevant cutting-edge research for new possibilities in cancer medicine with minimal side effects

MPI Dortmund becomes part of the Stem Cell Network.NRW

September 08, 2020

Joining the stem cell network opens up a variety of opportunities for transdisciplinary exchange in biomedical research for scientists at the MPI Dortmund

Christos Gatsogiannis receives W3 professorship at the WWU Münster

September 01, 2020

Christos Gatsogiannis becomes professor for electron tomography of nanostructured systems

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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