MDC - Max Delbrück Center

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (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 locations in Berlin-Buch and Mitte, researchers from some 70 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 is funded 90 percent by the German federal government and 10 percent by the State of Berlin.


Robert-Rössle-Straße 10 - 13125 Berlin

Maike Sander
Maike Sander
Scientific Director

‟As a network of top research centers, EU-LIFE aims to support and promote excellence in life sciences in Europe. Being a member of EU-LIFE gives the MDC the opportunity to play an active role in shaping European research strategies. And through the exchange with other institutes, we are learning best practice models in all areas.”

Thomas Sommer, Former Scientific director of MDC

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staff and guests


international scientists

from 58 countries



by the European Research Council (ERC)