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Night of Science on June 21

Nitrogen ice cream, DNA challenge, tours and lectures – and much more! more

Researchers Tracking Down Rare Hereditary Diseases

Dynamic structure of FLVCR proteins and their function in nutrient transport in our cells revealed more

Eugene Kim Is Awarded Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

German Research Foundation honors Kims research on genome packaging more

Software Speeds Up Drug Development

Researchers develop novel method to predict the morphology of sugar coats on clinically relevant proteins within minutes more

Science Community Joins Forces: Frankfurt Stands Up for Democracy

On February 5, 2024, we participated in the “Frankfurt Stands Up for Democracy” demonstration, standing alongside nearly 20,000 participants representing over 100 institutions, organizations, and companies across the Frankfurt region. more

Frankfurt Alliance Strengthens the Rhine-Main Science Hub

The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics is part of the new science network Frankfurt Alliance together with 15 other research institutions in the Rhine-Main metropolitan area more

Michaela Müller-McNicoll Becomes Max Planck Fellow

The fellow program promotes cooperation between Max Planck Institutes and outstanding professors at universities. From March 2024, Müller-McNicoll will lead a small research group at the MPI in Frankfurt for five years to investigate RNA, the carrier of genetic information in the cell, and its regulation. more

Hartmut Michel - A Pioneer of Science

In 1988, our Director Emeritus Hartmut Michel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Robert Huber and Johann Deisenhofer. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the Max Planck Society honors all its Nobel Laureates and their work in the Digital Story “Pioneers of Science”. more

Max Planck Art & Science Day: For Researchers and Everyone Interested in Art and Science

What is autophagy? How do our cells remove their waste? How can we combine art and science? How can research be represented artistically? Visit us, learn, explore and be creative on November 29! more

Florian Wilfling Receives Walther Flemming Award

The German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie) and the company ibidi honor Florian Wilfling for his excellent research in cell biology more

Eugene Kim Receives FEBS Excellence Award

For her scientific track record of proven excellence, our Max Planck Research Group Leader Eugene Kim has been awarded a FEBS Excellence Award 2023 more

Gerhard Hummer Belongs to the Highly Cited Researchers in the Life Sciences

According to Clarivate's current citation ranking, Gerhard Hummer is one of the highly cited researchers in the life sciences. These renowned scientists make significant contributions to expanding the frontiers of our knowledge and to driving technological developments and innovation in our society. more

A Chapter of German-Jewish Reconciliation after the Holocaust

The close ties of the Max Planck Society with Israel date back to the period shortly after the Holocaust when reconciliation between Germans and Israelis appeared unimaginable. more

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for Biswajit Pradhan

Pradhan studies cellular repair service for DNA damage more

Through the Backdoor: How Phosphate Escapes from Actin

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt have joined forces to precisely identify a region in actin that functions as a “molecular backdoor” for phosphate to exit through. more

<em>Plateosaurus</em> Max – An Artwork for Science

Julia Krause-Harder from Atelier Goldstein crafts a dinosaur sculpture from materials from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics exhibited in its Café Max more

Ana J. García-Sáez Becomes First Female Director of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Her research on the molecular mechanisms of cell death complements the biophysical scope of her fellow Directors’ work more

European Research Council Funds Bonnie Murphy with Prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Murphy is developing a new method to study elemental composition of biological macromolecules with electron microscopy more

Mystery of Potential Antibiotic Target Protein CydDC Solved

Illustration on the cover of the journal Nature Chemical Biology underlines importance of the discovery more

Cellular Decoding Machines in Action

Researchers observe structural dynamics of ribosomes and their interactions with an anticancer drug while they translate the genetic code into proteins
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Researchers Tracking Down Rare Hereditary Diseases

Dynamic structure of FLVCR proteins and their function in nutrient transport in our cells revealed more

Software Speeds Up Drug Development

Researchers develop novel method to predict the morphology of sugar coats on clinically relevant proteins within minutes more

Science Community Joins Forces: Frankfurt Stands Up for Democracy

On February 5, 2024, we participated in the “Frankfurt Stands Up for Democracy” demonstration, standing alongside nearly 20,000 participants representing over 100 institutions, organizations, and companies across the Frankfurt region. more

Frankfurt Alliance Strengthens the Rhine-Main Science Hub

The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics is part of the new science network Frankfurt Alliance together with 15 other research institutions in the Rhine-Main metropolitan area more

Michaela Müller-McNicoll Becomes Max Planck Fellow

The fellow program promotes cooperation between Max Planck Institutes and outstanding professors at universities. From March 2024, Müller-McNicoll will lead a small research group at the MPI in Frankfurt for five years to investigate RNA, the carrier of genetic information in the cell, and its regulation. more

Hartmut Michel - A Pioneer of Science

In 1988, our Director Emeritus Hartmut Michel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Robert Huber and Johann Deisenhofer. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the Max Planck Society honors all its Nobel Laureates and their work in the Digital Story “Pioneers of Science”. more

A Chapter of German-Jewish Reconciliation after the Holocaust

The close ties of the Max Planck Society with Israel date back to the period shortly after the Holocaust when reconciliation between Germans and Israelis appeared unimaginable. more

Through the Backdoor: How Phosphate Escapes from Actin

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt have joined forces to precisely identify a region in actin that functions as a “molecular backdoor” for phosphate to exit through. more

Ana J. García-Sáez Becomes First Female Director of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Her research on the molecular mechanisms of cell death complements the biophysical scope of her fellow Directors’ work more

Mystery of Potential Antibiotic Target Protein CydDC Solved

Illustration on the cover of the journal Nature Chemical Biology underlines importance of the discovery more

Cellular Decoding Machines in Action

Researchers observe structural dynamics of ribosomes and their interactions with an anticancer drug while they translate the genetic code into proteins
  more

How Wiggly Proteins Guard the Genome

Dynamic network in the pores of the nuclear envelope blocks dangerous invaders more

Loops in our DNA

How SMC proteins pack the genetic material in the cell nucleus more

Explaining the Increased Infectivity of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Delta and Omicron mutants of the virus bind more tightly and longer to host cells than early Wuhan variants more

Shedding Light on the Mechanisms of Cystinuria

Calcium ions tie cystine transporters for correct trafficking and function more

On the Trail of the Mechanisms Governing the Function of an ABC Transporter<br /> 

Observation of two conformational states part of the transport cycle of the yeast mitochondrial ABC transporter Atm1 more

New Insights into Biological Energy Conversion

High-resolution structure and dynamics of mitochondrial complex I more

Structure of <em>bd </em>Oxidase

On the trail of a protein essential for survival in mycobacteria more

Wired for Efficiency: How Methanogenic Microbes Manage Electrons

A specialized enzyme machinery enables methanogenic microorganisms to thrive under extreme energy limitation more

Enzyme Structure Supports Microbial Growth

Researchers find a tower-like structure of a bacterial enzyme in the global nitrogen cycle more

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Eugene Kim Is Awarded Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

German Research Foundation honors Kims research on genome packaging more

Hartmut Michel - A Pioneer of Science

In 1988, our Director Emeritus Hartmut Michel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Robert Huber and Johann Deisenhofer. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the Max Planck Society honors all its Nobel Laureates and their work in the Digital Story “Pioneers of Science”. more

Florian Wilfling Receives Walther Flemming Award

The German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie) and the company ibidi honor Florian Wilfling for his excellent research in cell biology more

Eugene Kim Receives FEBS Excellence Award

For her scientific track record of proven excellence, our Max Planck Research Group Leader Eugene Kim has been awarded a FEBS Excellence Award 2023 more

Gerhard Hummer Belongs to the Highly Cited Researchers in the Life Sciences

According to Clarivate's current citation ranking, Gerhard Hummer is one of the highly cited researchers in the life sciences. These renowned scientists make significant contributions to expanding the frontiers of our knowledge and to driving technological developments and innovation in our society. more

Bonnie Murphy Receives Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize<br /> 

German Research Foundation honors Murphy's research on structural elucidation of proteins involved in cellular energy metabolism more

Martin Beck Awarded Feldberg Prize 2024

With the prestigious award, the Feldberg Foundation promotes the scientific exchange between Germany and Great Britain more

Balázs Fábián Pursues a Flourishing Scientific Career

Why he chose the academic career path and what motivates him more

Bonnie Murphy Becomes EMBO Young Investigator

As one of 24 excellent young group leaders, she prevailed among 177 applicants and will be supported by the EMBO community of leading life scientists in Europe and beyond. more

Cothenius Medal for Werner Kühlbrandt

Leopoldina honors Werner Kühlbrandt and Rudolf K. Thauer with Cothenius Medals for their scientific life's work more

Rumford Prize

Ernst Bamberg receives the Rumford Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences more

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize

December 10, 1988

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1988 for Hartmut Michel together with Johann Deisenhofer and Robert Huber more

Michaela Müller-McNicoll Becomes Max Planck Fellow

The fellow program promotes cooperation between Max Planck Institutes and outstanding professors at universities. From March 2024, Müller-McNicoll will lead a small research group at the MPI in Frankfurt for five years to investigate RNA, the carrier of genetic information in the cell, and its regulation. more

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for Biswajit Pradhan

Pradhan studies cellular repair service for DNA damage more

European Research Council Funds Bonnie Murphy with Prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Murphy is developing a new method to study elemental composition of biological macromolecules with electron microscopy more

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for Tzu-Jing Yang

Yang investigates the journey of membrane proteins during their assembly in the cell more

Eugene Kim Participates in New DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center

In a collaboration with scientists from Mainz and Stuttgart, Kim investigates the physico-chemical properties of biopolymers such as DNA
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Eugene Kim Receives Prestigious ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) funds Kim‘s research on the organization of the genetic material in living organisms more

Florian Wilfling is awarded an ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) funds Wilfling's research on the cell's waste disposal system more

German Research Foundation Awards Funding to the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics for its Contributions to Two Collaborative Research Centers

Five scientists at the Institute strengthen successful cooperations to university partners and other research institutes through their cutting-edge projects more

Mateusz Sikora Receives Funding to Establish a New Dioscuri Center in Krakow

Our Postdoctoral Fellow Mateusz Sikora has been awarded funding to establish a new Dioscuri Center for Modelling of Posttranslational Modifications in Krakow, Poland, from May 2023. more

Multi-million Euro Grants from Brussels

12 Max Planck researchers win coveted ERC Advanced Grants more

Martin Beck Receives Prestigious ERC Advanced Grant

The funded project involves the investigation of huge pores in the nuclear membranes of eukaryotic cells. more

Night of Science on June 21

Nitrogen ice cream, DNA challenge, tours and lectures – and much more! more

Max Planck Art & Science Day: For Researchers and Everyone Interested in Art and Science

What is autophagy? How do our cells remove their waste? How can we combine art and science? How can research be represented artistically? Visit us, learn, explore and be creative on November 29! more

<em>Plateosaurus</em> Max – An Artwork for Science

Julia Krause-Harder from Atelier Goldstein crafts a dinosaur sculpture from materials from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics exhibited in its Café Max more

Oswalt Foundation for the Promotion of Biophysical Research and its Applications in Medicine Celebrates 100th Anniversary

On the occasion of the jubilee, the Foundation awarded the Frankfurt Biophysics Prize for the first time to Dr. Julia Mahamid and Prof. Dr. Sabine Petry more

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