Faculty at the Max Planck School Matter to Life

The Max Planck School Matter to Life is a joint graduate program between Universities and research institutions all across Germany. Through in-person and online courses, workshops, and cutting-edge research, students will receive a top-notch training from almost 50 established experts in the field of Matter to Life. 

Philippe Bastiaens

Philippe Bastiaens

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund & TU Dortmund University
MtL research focus:
Out-of-equilibrium biochemical 'life-like' systems
Andreas Bausch

Andreas Bausch

Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Organoids & Active Cytoskeletal Systems
Eberhard Bodenschatz

Eberhard Bodenschatz

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen & University of Göttingen
MtL research focus:
Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity
Job Boekhoven

Job Boekhoven

Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Synthesis of Life
Michael Boutros

Michael Boutros

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Engineering of genomes and tissues
Peter Comba

Peter Comba

Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Inorganic Biochemistry and Imaging
Laura De Laporte

Laura De Laporte

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen & RWTH Aachen University
MtL research focus:
Advanced Materials for Biomedicine
Hendrik Dietz

Hendrik Dietz

Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Self-Assembly & Controlling Molecular Motions
Tobias Erb

Tobias Erb

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg & University of Marburg
MtL reseach focus:
Synthetic Biochemistry: New-to-nature enzymes, synthetic pathways & articifial cells for CO2 fixation
Frauke Gräter

Frauke Gräter

Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) & Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Molecular mechanisms of mechano-sensing
Stephan Grill

Stephan Grill

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden & Technical University Dresden
MtL research focus:
Physics of life - Self-organization of living matter
Helmut Grubmüller

Helmut Grubmüller

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen & University of Göttingen
MtL research focus:
Biomolecular mechanism and function by theoretical biophysics and computer simulations
Michael Grunze

Michael Grunze

Jochen Guck

Jochen Guck

Stefan  Hecht

Stefan Hecht

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen & RWTH Aachen University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
MtL research focus:
Macromolecular Chemistry - materials based on light-responsive units
Andreas  Herrmann

Andreas Herrmann

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen & RWTH Aachen University
MtL research focus:
Macromolecular Materials and Systems – Sonopharmacology and Sonogenetics
Anthony Hyman

Anthony Hyman

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden & Technical University Dresden
MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Condensates


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Karin Jacobs

Karin Jacobs

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

Andreas Janshoff

University of Göttingen
MtL research focus:
Mechanics of Living Matter
Stefan Klumpp

Stefan Klumpp

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

Sarah Köster

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

Hans-Georg Kräusslich

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

Katharina Landfester

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
MtL research focus:
Nanoparticle protein interaction & Nanocarriers for drug delivery
Reinhard Lipowsky

Reinhard Lipowsky

Martin Möller

Martin Möller

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen & RWTH Aachen University
MtL research focus:
Oligomer and Polymer building blocks for medicine and biological application
Marcus Müller

Marcus Müller

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

Andrea Musacchio

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund & University of Duisburg-Essen
MtL research focus:
In vitro reconstitution of cell division

Matthias Rief

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

Tim Salditt

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

Franziska Schoenebeck

RWTH Aachen University
MtL research focus:
Origins of chemical phenomena at a molecular level. Synthesis and homogeneous catalysis
Ulrich Schwarz

Ulrich Schwarz

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

Petra Schwille

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich & Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Cell and Membrane Biophysics & Synthetic Biology
Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Molecular Systems Engineering - Materials and Bioenvironments


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Friedrich Simmel

Friedrich Simmel

Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Physics of synthetic biosystems
Joachim Spatz

Joachim Spatz

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Cellular Biophysics - Engineering of Synthetic Cells
Claudia  Steinem

Claudia Steinem

Göttingen University
MtL research focus:
Biomolecular Chemistry
Kai Sundmacher

Kai Sundmacher

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg & University of Magdeburg
MtL research focus:
Biosystems engineering and artificial life-like systems
Klaus Tanner

Klaus Tanner

Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Systematic Theology and Ethics
Franziska Thomas

Franziska Thomas

Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Functional Materials, Miniproteins and Protein Aggregation
Tanja Weil

Tanja Weil

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
MtL research focus:
Supramolecular Biomaterials to Control Cellular Functions
Martin Zacharias

Martin Zacharias

Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Molecular dynamics of biomolecules

Faculty members starting in October

Karen Alim

Karen Alim

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen & Technical University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Biological Physics: Self-Organization of Shape and Function
Timo Betz

Timo Betz

University of Göttingen
MtL research focus:
Active mechanics of cells and cellular assemblies
Arnold Boersma

Arnold Boersma

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen
MtL research focus:
Biomolecular probes to probe from cell-mimetic to biological matter
E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Molecular and Cellular Mechanobiology
Erwin Frey

Erwin Frey

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

Kerstin Göpfrich

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Biophysical Engineering of Synthetic Cells with DNA Nanotechnology and 3D Printing
Joachim Rädler

Joachim Rädler

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
MtL research focus:
Soft Matter Physics and Lipid Nanoscience in Living Systems
Ulrich Schubert

Ulrich Schubert

University of Jena
MtL research focus:
Materials for Life Science

Hans-Robert Volpp

Heidelberg University
MtL research focus:
Analysis of homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reaction systems
Richard Wombacher

Richard Wombacher

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
MtL research focus:
Selective Protein Labeling & Bioorthogonal Chemistry


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David Zwicker

David Zwicker

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen
MtL research focus:
Theory of biological fluids
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