MDC Berlin

Facts and figures

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)


The MDC is one of the world’s leading biomedical research centers. MDC scientists analyze how the human body works in both health and disease. But above all, their basic research discoveries aim to benefit patients as quickly as possible – whether that’s paving the way for better diagnostics and therapies or preventing healthy people from getting sick.

Year founded



Berlin-born Nobel laureate Max Delbrück (1906–1981), one of the founders of molecular biology


Organizational form



1,254 employees (current as of 2019)

  • 832 working in scientific research
  • 405 in administration

Percentage of women:

  • Scientific research: 61.7%
  • Administration: 60%

MDC Gender Equality Plan

Percentage of foreign scientists: 55.23%

    Main research areas

    The 68 labs at the MDC C undertake research across four main areas:

    The MDC is also home to 18 technology platforms that develop scientific methods and technologies.

    Translation – transfer of research findings into medical practice

    The MDC has close partnerships with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin within:

    The MDC also cooperates with other university hospitals through the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).

    Scientific excellence

    • 26 European Research Council grants (ERC-Grants) have been awarded to MDC scientists
    • four Leibniz Prize winners
    • ten EMBO members
    • d five Leopoldina members
    • Second place among non-university research institutions in the area of life sciences in the DFG Funding Atlas (2018)
    • Second place among non-university research institutions in the area of life sciences in the Humboldt Rankings (2012–16)


    530 scientific papers (current as of: 2019)


    90% from the German federal government (Federal Ministry of Education and Research);
    10% from the State of Berlin


    • €94.2 million from core funding
    • €36.2 million from third-party funding (incl. the BIH )

    (current as of 2019)