Molecular Epidemiology

Head of the Group

Prof. Dr. Tobias Pischon

42-52: Experimental and Clinical Research Center

Room 2125

Tel. 4563

Fax. 4576



Marit Kanter

47: Experimental and Clinical Research Center

Room 2123

Tel. 4570

Fax. 4576


The Molecular Epidemiology Research Group at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch is committed to studying at the molecular level the relationship between lifestyle, genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors with risk and outcome of chronic diseases in human populations. The focus is on molecular biomarkers that have the potential for accurate and precise assessment of exposure, intermediary effects, and early disease development. Our aims are to contribute to the understanding of disease etiology and pathogenesis in humans, to allow a more precise prediction of diseases, and to improve the identification of high risk individuals as well as of the quantification of the effect of interventions, thus envisioning a reduction of chronic disease risk through targeted prevention.

The research group coordinates the Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg of the German National Cohort, a population based prospective cohort study that aims to examine risk factors for major common chronic diseases in Germany.

New book published:

Tobias Pischon, Katharina Nimptsch (eds.): Obesity and Cancer
Series: Recent Results in Cancer Research, Vol. 208
Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
ISBN 978-3-319-42540-5