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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).

Research Groups

One MMPU hallmark is that it is staffed by both institutions, EMBL and the University Hospital Heidelberg, and each research group is headed by two cooperating principal investigators. Currently, the MMPU consists of 8 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.

Diseases of mRNA metabolism (Blood Diseases)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hentze and Prof. Dr. Andreas Kulozik

Chronic Kidney Disease
Prof. Dr. Christoph Merten, Dr. Rainer Pepperkok and Prof. Dr. Julio Saez-Rodriguez

Chronic Pain and Homeostasis
Dr. Theodore Alexandrov, Dr. Robert Prevedel, Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner and Prof. Dr. Jan Siemens

Heart Development and Diseases
Dr. Eileen Furlong and Prof. Dr. Johannes Backs

Iron homeostasis in health and disease
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hentze and Prof. Dr. Martina Muckenthaler

Molecular Pediatric Oncology
Prof. Dr. Jan Korbel and Prof. Dr. Andreas Kulozik

Stem Cell–Niche Networks in Ageing and Diseases
Dr. Judith Zaugg and Dr. Caroline Pabst, Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Ho, Prof. Dr. Carsten Müller-Tidow

Systems Medicine of Cancer Drugs
Dr. Wolfgang Huber and Prof. Dr. Sascha Dietrich


Former research groups

Cholesterol Regulation
Rainer Pepperkok and Heiko Runz
MMPU Group 2007 – 2014

Cystic Fibrosis
Carsten Schultz and Marcus Mall
MMPU Group 2006 – 2018

HIV-1 formation and its inhibition
John Briggs and Hans-Georg Kräusslich
MMPU Group 2011 – 2018

Stem Cells and Ageing
Anne-Claude Gavin and Anthony D. Ho
MMPU Group 2011 – 2018

Chronic Pain
Paul Heppenstall, Rohini Kuner and Jan Siemens
MMPU Group 2011 – 2019

Cancer Early Detection
Peer Bork and Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz
MMPU Group 2006 – 2020

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