Max F. Perutz Laboratories

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Max F. Perutz Laboratories
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Parent institutionUniversity of Vienna
Medical University of Vienna
Scientific directorArndt von Haeseler
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 9
1030 Vienna

The Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) are a molecular biology research centre operated jointly by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna[1] located at the Vienna Biocenter. The institute is named after the Viennese-born biochemist and Nobel laureate Max Ferdinand Perutz. On average, MFPL hosts 50 independent research groups. MFPL scientists participate in the undergraduate curricula for students of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna.

The MFPL main building


The MFPL were founded in 2005, named after the Viennese-born biochemist Max Ferdinand Perutz, who emigrated to England after graduating in Chemistry from the University of Vienna. In Cambridge, he helped to set up the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He was awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry together with John Kendrew in 1962, for their studies of the structures of globular proteins.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

MFPL's former group leader Emmanuelle Charpentier received the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her work on the CRISPR/Cas9 system, done partly in Vienna.[3][4][5][6]

As of November 2017, scientists of the MFPL have been awarded 9 ERC grants.[2][7]


  1. ^ Vienna, Medical University of. "Kooperationen". Medical University of Vienna. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  2. ^ a b "MFPL History". Home. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  3. ^ Abbott, Alison (2016-04-27). "The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Charpentier's life". Nature. Springer Nature. 532 (7600): 432–434. doi:10.1038/532432a. ISSN 0028-0836.
  4. ^ "Genetik-Revolution: Emmanuelle Charpentier, die Frau mit den DNA-Scheren". (in German). 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  5. ^ "Breakthrough Prize for Emmanuelle Charpentier". MFPL. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  6. ^ Jinek, Martin; Chylinski, Krzysztof; Fonfara, Ines; Hauer, Michael; Doudna, Jennifer A.; Charpentier, Emmanuelle (2012-06-28). "A Programmable Dual-RNA–Guided DNA Endonuclease in Adaptive Bacterial Immunity". Science. doi:10.1126/science.1225829. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 22745249. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  7. ^ "Two ERC Consolidator Grants for the MFPL". Home. Retrieved 2018-02-18.

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