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Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (Max Delbrück Center) is one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions. Max Delbrück, a Berlin native, was a Nobel laureate and one of the founders of molecular biology. At the Max Delbrück Center’s locations in Berlin-Buch and Mitte, researchers from some 60 countries analyze the human system – investigating the biological foundations of life from its most elementary building blocks to systems-wide mechanisms. By understanding what regulates or disrupts the dynamic equilibrium in a cell, an organ, or the entire body, we can prevent diseases, diagnose them earlier, and stop their progression with tailored therapies. Patients should benefit as soon as possible from basic research discoveries. The Max Delbrück Center therefore supports spin-off creation and participates in collaborative networks. It works in close partnership with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the jointly run Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) at Charité, and the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK). Founded in 1992, the Max Delbrück Center today employs 1,600 people and guests and is funded 90 percent by the German federal government and 10 percent by the State of Berlin.

Research Program:

Max Delbrück Center in figures


employees (as of 2023). Of these, 764 in science and 415 in administration with a 60,5 percent share of women.


research groups at the MDC work in four main research areas.


European Research Council Grants (ERC Grants)


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Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
13125 Berlin

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