Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit

The MMPU is a joint venture between the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

The MMPU drives innovation and its translation into medicine, leveraging its internationality and interdisciplinarity at the interface of molecular research and health care.

Research in the MMPU focuses on common diseases, as well as on rare diseases with a particular medical need. One MMPU hallmark is that it is staffed by both institutions and each research group is headed by two or more cooperating principal investigators. The MMPU is co-directed by Prof. Andreas Kulozik from the Angelika-Lautenschläger Hospital for Children and Adolescents at the Heidelberg University, by Prof. Matthias Hentze and by Dr. Wolfgang Huber from EMBL. 

Currently, the MMPU consists of 9 international teams of molecular research-oriented MDs, PhDs, PhD students and technicians. The research philosophy aims at the molecular understanding of the basis of common human diseases, its applications in diagnosis and therapy, and feedback from ‘bedside medicine’ into the research laboratory. Research themes place emphasis on the diseases of childhood, particularly blood disorders and childhood cancers and on diseases of adolescence, particularly hemochromatosis, heart diseases, chronic pain and cancers.

The MMPU has an international orientation, with regular team meetings, two annual public research days, and an attractive seminar programme.

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The MMPU is co-directed by Wolfgang Huber (left), Andreas Kulozik (middle) and Matthias Hentze (right).

Flyers and brochures

Have a look at our recent flyer! It is in English and German, and is accessible to all readers.

Funding for Public MMPU Research Days

February 2024
For the second year in a row, the MMPU receives a seminar grant from the Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim to support the two Public MMPU Research Days 2024. We are very grateful.

ERC Synergy Grant

November 2023
Julio Saez Rodriguez and colleagues receive a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant to study host-microbiome interaction in the gut. The CartoHostBug project receives 10 Mio Euro to create “maps” of the microbial composition and molecular status of human cells at spatially defined locations.

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