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).



September 2021
Machine learning and multidisciplinary collaboration map ‘constellations’ of molecules, which may help customise medical treatments for blood cancer


January 2020
Lifetime Achievement Award for Matthias Hentze. MMPU Co – Director honoured by the international RNA Society.


April 2019 EMBL etc. Lab Matters
How EMBL partnerships promote collaboration. Read this article about the EMBL Partnership Programme.

April 2019 EMBL NEWS
A newly developed 3D microscope visualises fast biological processes better than ever.
Constructing the new microscope was an interdisciplinary effort. The researchers within the two EMBL groups and their collaborators have backgrounds in various scientific fields: the multidisciplinary team comprised physicists, engineers, computer scientists, biologists and a pediatric cardiologist.


October 2018 Press Release EMBL
Ageing is visible in the way cells use glucose. A collaboration between clinicians, experimentalists and computational scientists in the Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU) unveil the molecular mechanisms of ageing in human stem cells.


December 2017 Press Release
Jan Siemens receives an ERC Consolidator Grant for his outstanding research on Temperature Detection and Thermoregulation
Press release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)

November 2017 Press Release
Rohini Kuner receives the HMLS Investigator Award 2017 for her ongoing efforts to consolidate innovative interdisciplinary research and for her active support and encouragement of young researchers.
Press release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)

October 2017
Sir Hans Krebs Preis and PHOENIX Pharmazie Wissenschaftspreis 2017 awarded to Jan Siemens. For the 21st time, the PHOENIX group honors excellent work in the field of pharmacological Research and Development.
News article (in English)
Press release Phoenixgruppe (in German)

June 2017 Press Release
MMPU researcher Martina Muckenthaler describes how iron overload also affects the lung.
Press release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)


December 2016 Press Release
Matthias Hentze receives the 2016 HMLS award for his significant contributions to the development of Heidelberg as a research location and for his outstanding research on the control of gene regulation.
Press release Heidelberg University

August 2016 News Article
„We need this kind of research“. German Federal Minister of Health visits EMBL and is impressed by MMPU research.
News article in Mannheimer Morgen as pdf (in German)

August 2016 Press Release
MMPU Wissenschaftler beschreiben in Science, wie das Gehirn einer Überhitzung bei Fieber entgegenwirkt.
In Science MMPU researchers describe how the brain prevents overheating when body temperature is increased.
News article in Spektrum.de (in German).
Press Release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German).
Press Release HUH as pdf (in German).
Deutschlandfunk Radio interview (in German).
News article in ScienceNews Magazin (in English).

July 2016 Press Release
Study provides insights into workings of new HIV drugs and how virus becomes resistant
Press Release EMBL
Press Release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)

June 2016
EMBL Partnership Conference on Perspectives in Translational Medicine took place in the context of the EMBL Partnership Programme and brought together EMBL and its local and remote partner institutes operating in the field of molecular medicine.
Read more about EMBL Partnerships


October 2015 Press Release
Bridging the gap between basic research in molecular biology and medicine.
Eine Brücke schlagen zwischen Grundlagenforschung und Medizin.
Press Release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)

July 2015 EMBL News
Union makes success.
With the goal of joining forces to further scientific and medical research, EMBL and the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg have renewed the successful Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU) agreement until 2025.
Read article

February 2015 Press Release
How to calm down pain hypersensitivity
Heidelberg scientists find peripheral GABA to counteract TRPV1 sensitization
Press Release Heidelberg University Hospital (in German)
News article PainResearchForum

February 2015 EMBL Press Release
The battle for iron.
The search for therapies against this anaemia of chronic disease (ACD) could take on new directions thanks to a study published in Blood.
Press Release EMBLPress Release Heidelberg University Hospital

February 2015 EMBL NEWS etc. science
Beyond sequencing
Human geneticists and cell biologists have gone beyond vague links between genes and disease to pinpoint cause and effect, in a study they see as both a poster-child for cross-discipline collaboration and a call for caution.

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