Welcome to the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin

The Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin is conceived as a joint effort between the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) and the FAU University Hospital in Erlangen. The new scientific center aims to apply advanced methods from experimental physics and mathematics to basic biomedical research with an emphasis on the intercellular microenvironment.



On the MPL side, MPZPM will host one division and some of the activities of other MPL divisions who are engaged in biomedical research. The FAU will be represented by three Chairs in biophysics, biomathematics and medical physics. In addition, two independent research groups (equivalent to nontenure-track assistant professorship) will be financed by the Max Planck Society and the FAU University Hospital, while three other such groups will be hosted based on external funding.

Prof. Dr. Günter Leugering, Vice President Research of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg; Dr. Florian Janik, First Mayor of Erlangen; Prof Vahid Sandoghdar, PhD, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light; Prof. Dr. Heinrich Iro, Medical Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the University Hospital Erlangen at the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the start of construction of the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen (from left to right). The new re-search facility is a cooperation between the Max Planck Institute, the University, and the University Hospital.

Symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the new Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen

First Mayor Florian Janik and representatives of University Hospital, University, and Max Planck Institute emphasise the importance for the research...

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Picture of a nematode. (Image: Roberta Galli, TU Dresden)

Alcohol prolongs lifespan of nematodes

Organisms often react to extreme environmental conditions with defence mechanisms which allow them to survive. Understanding these mechanisms may lead...

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Professor Kristian Franze in his laboratory with students.

Kristian Franze Appointed New Director at MPZPM

On August 1, Kristian Franze will become one of the directors of the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin (MPZPM) - at the same time he will...

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MPZPM press team

To get in contact with our Communications & Marketing team feel free to make your request at: presse@mpzpm.de.

For further information about specific press enquiries or the latest press releases and pictures, please visit our Press Page.


Prof. Dr. Jochen Guck

Please contact:
Ruth Knapheide (PA)
Staudtstraße 2
91058 Erlangen
Email: ruth.knapheide@mpl.mpg.de
Phone: +49 9131 7133 501


Head of Infrastructure
Dr. Dorothe Burggraf

Please contact:
Lisa Spann (PA)
Staudtstraße 2
91058 Erlangen
Email: lisa.spann@mpl.mpg.de
Phone: +49 9131 7133 801

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Current issue: Newsletter No 15 - April 2020

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