Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)

We do pioneering basic research. 500 curiosity-driven scientists from over 50 countries ask: How do cells form tissues? Our research programs span multiple scales of magnitude, from molecular assemblies to organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms.

Cell Biology

The MPI-CBG was founded with the goal of bridging scales and bringing together cell and developmental biology. For this reason, we focused heavily on studying cell biological phenomena utilizing different model systems. We can only understand how cells form tissues, our fundamental question, through a deep knowledge of cell biology.

Physics of Life

In order to understand the organization of life into molecules, cells, and tissues the MPI-CBG, as part of a collaboration, is bringing physics and biology together to solve biological questions. This interdisciplinary effort merges fundamental physics, theory, and experiment together to truly explore how cells form tissues, the basic research question of the institute.

Stem Cells and Organoids

Stem cells and organoids, as a model system, allows us to push forward our research into how cells form tissues. Studying tissues using organoids and the reconstitution of complex biochemical systems allow the creation of a framework of cell and tissue organization. With organoids, human tissue biology has become accessible for study in a way that was not possible before.

Latest News

2023 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for Anthony Hyman and Clifford Brangwynne

World’s largest science prize for discovering a new mechanism of cellular organization.

German Stem Cell Network awards the GSCN 2022 Hilde Mangold Award to Meritxell Huch

The 2022 Awards of the German Stem Cell Network recognize outstanding stem cell researchers.

3Rs Prize of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies for Ronald Naumann

The head of the MPI-CBG transgenic core facility receives the award for a method to reduce the number of experimental animals.

An unstable, flake-like network in the making

Dresden research team finds that the cell cortex, a fine network of filaments below the cell membrane, is activated in a controlled way by thousands…

Modern humans generate more brain neurons than Neandertals

Researchers from Dresden uncover a greater neuron production in the frontal lobe during brain development in modern humans than Neandertals, due to…

Award Ceremony of the Körber Prize for Anthony Hyman

The director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden received the Körber Prize in Hamburg's City Hall for the…

Fertility and temperature change

Dresden and Tübingen researchers show that roundworms adapted their fertility to different temperatures during evolution.

Taking your time makes a difference – Brain development differs between Neanderthals and modern humans

Dresden and Leipzig researchers find that stem cells in the developing brain of modern humans take longer to divide and make fewer errors when…

Heineman Project Grant for MPI-CBG and Weizmann Institute of Science cooperation

The Heineman Stiftung funds two projects to further strenghten the German-Israeli scientific cooperation