Faculty at the Max Planck School Matter to Life

In the Matter to Life Program, you will receive first-class training, highly interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities from outstanding experts across Germany. Our faculty is currently constituted of 50 Fellows and 11 Adjunct Fellows.
Below you will find a list of all MPS MtL Fellows, i.e. your potential PhD supervisors. Please visit the websites of the respective partner institutions to learn more about the research work of a specific Fellow.

Karen Alim

Karen Alim

MtL research focus:
Biological Physics: Self-Organization of Shape and Function
Philippe Bastiaens

Philippe Bastiaens

MtL research focus:
Out-of-equilibrium biochemical 'life-like' systems
Andreas Bausch

Andreas Bausch

MtL research focus:
Organoids & Active Cytoskeletal Systems
Timo Betz

Timo Betz

MtL research focus:
Active mechanics of cells and cellular assemblies
Eberhard Bodenschatz

Eberhard Bodenschatz

MtL research focus:
Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity
Heike Böhm

Heike Böhm

MtL research focus:
Glycans in Synthetic Biology
Job Boekhoven

Job Boekhoven

MtL research focus:
Synthesis of Life
Dieter Braun

Dieter Braun

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
MtL research focus:
We are performing physico-chemical experiments to recreate Darwinian evolution from scratch. Our goal is to provide a working model of how life could have originated from a few RNA nucleotides in the volcanic environments of the early Earth. This will also reveal novel biotechnological applications, an example from the past is NanoTemper Technologies.
Michael Boutros

Michael Boutros

MtL research focus:
Engineering of genomes and tissues
E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

MtL research focus:
Molecular and Cellular Mechanobiology
Peter Comba

Peter Comba

MtL research focus:
Inorganic Biochemistry and Imaging
Laura De Laporte

Laura De Laporte

MtL research focus:
Advanced Materials for Biomedicine
Hendrik Dietz

Hendrik Dietz

MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Self-Assembly & Controlling Molecular Motions
Stefan Diez

Stefan Diez

MtL Research Focus:
Molecular Transport in Cell Biology and Nanotechnology
Tobias Erb

Tobias Erb

MtL reseach focus:
Synthetic Biochemistry: New-to-nature Enzymes, Synthetic Pathways & Articifial Cells for CO2 fixation
Erwin Frey

Erwin Frey

MtL research focus:
Theoretical Physics of Living Systems: Self-organisation, Fluctuations, and Pattern Formation
Kerstin Göpfrich

Kerstin Göpfrich

MtL research focus:
Biophysical Engineering of Synthetic Cells with DNA Nanotechnology and 3D Printing
Frauke Gräter

Frauke Gräter

MtL research focus:
Molecular Mechanisms of Mechano-Sensing
Stephan Grill

Stephan Grill

MtL research focus:
Physics of life - Self-organization of living matter
Helmut Grubmüller

Helmut Grubmüller

MtL research focus:
Biomolecular mechanism and function by theoretical biophysics and computer simulations
Michael Grunze

Michael Grunze

Jochen Guck

Jochen Guck

Andreas  Herrmann

Andreas Herrmann

MtL research focus:
Macromolecular Materials and Systems – Sonopharmacology and Sonogenetics
Anthony Hyman

Anthony Hyman

MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Condensates


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Karin Jacobs

Karin Jacobs

MtL research focus:
Experimental soft matter and biophysics: Adhesion of biomolecules and bacteria and parasites
Andreas Janshoff

Andreas Janshoff

MtL research focus:
Mechanics of Living Matter
Stefan Klumpp

Stefan Klumpp

MtL research focus:
Theoretical Biophysics - Physical basis of biological function
Sarah Köster

Sarah Köster

MtL research focus:
Cellular Biophysics - Mechanics and Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton
Hans-Georg Kräusslich

Hans-Georg Kräusslich

MtL research focus:
Retroviral and Influenza Virus (IAV) Biology
Katharina  Landfester

Katharina Landfester

MtL research focus:
Nanoparticle protein interaction & Nanocarriers for drug delivery
Reinhard Lipowsky

Reinhard Lipowsky

Martin Möller

Martin Möller

MtL research focus:
Oligomer and Polymer building blocks for medicine and biological application
Thorsten Moos

Thorsten Moos

MtL research focus:
Bioethics


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Marcus Müller

Marcus Müller

MtL research focus:
Statistical Physics and Simulation of Biological and Soft Matter
Andrea Musacchio

Andrea Musacchio

MtL research focus:
In vitro reconstitution of cell division
Joachim Rädler

Joachim Rädler

MtL research focus:
Soft Matter Physics and Lipid Nanoscience in Living Systems

Matthias Rief

MtL research focus:
Molecular Biophysics - Function and Folding processes of proteins
 Tim  Salditt

Tim Salditt

MtL research focus:
Structure of biomolecular assemblies and X-ray imaging
Franziska Schoenebeck

Franziska Schoenebeck

MtL research focus:
Origins of chemical phenomena at a molecular level. Synthesis and homogeneous catalysis
Ulrich Schubert

Ulrich Schubert

MtL research focus:
Materials for Life Science
Ulrich Schwarz

Ulrich Schwarz

MtL research focus:
Soft Matter and biological physics - Forces and elasticity in cell adhesion
Petra Schwille

Petra Schwille

MtL research focus:
Cell and Membrane Biophysics & Synthetic Biology
Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Christine Selhuber-Unkel

MtL research focus:
Molecular Systems Engineering - Materials and Bioenvironments


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Friedrich Simmel

Friedrich Simmel

MtL research focus:
Physics of synthetic biosystems
Joachim Spatz

Joachim Spatz

MtL research focus:
Cellular Biophysics - Engineering of Synthetic Cells
Claudia  Steinem

Claudia Steinem

MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Chemistry
Jörg Stülke

Jörg Stülke

MtL research focus:

Our research focuses on the holistic understanding of a simple organism, the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis. We try to achieve this goal by a combination of different approaches:

- Reduction of the genome to the possible minimum
- Investigation of unknown proteins and functions 
- Identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions at a global scale
- Development of genome annotation tools and databases

Kai Sundmacher

Kai Sundmacher

MtL research focus:
Biosystems engineering and artificial life-like systems
Franziska Thomas

Franziska Thomas

MtL research focus:
Functional Materials, Miniproteins and Protein Aggregation

Hans-Robert Volpp

MtL research focus:
Analysis of homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reaction systems

Andreas Walther

Tanja Weil

Tanja Weil

MtL research focus:
Supramolecular Biomaterials to Control Cellular Functions
Richard Wombacher

Richard Wombacher

MtL research focus:
Selective Protein Labeling & Bioorthogonal Chemistry


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Martin Zacharias

Martin Zacharias

MtL research focus:
Molecular dynamics of biomolecules
Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann

Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann

MtL research focus:
Engineering of Organotypic Tissue Models from Pluripotent Stem Cells
David Zwicker

David Zwicker

MtL research focus:
Theoretical Biophysics: Self-Organization and Pattern Formation of Soft Matter
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