University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna extend successful collaboration with Max F. Perutz Laboratories


The University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna are extending their successful collaboration with Max F. Perutz Laboratories. Rectors Heinz W. Engl from the University of Vienna and Markus Müller from MedUni Vienna signed an agreement to extend the Joint Venture until 2025.

Unique interface

Max F. Perutz Laboratories Vienna were established by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna in 2005 as a joint research and educational facility in the field of molecular biology. Max F. Perutz Laboratories therefore perform a unique function within Austria as an interface between basic research and university education.

Both universities have pooled their expertise in basic molecular biology research within Max F. Perutz Laboratories, which are named after the Austrian Nobel prize-winner Max Perutz, a chemist and molecular biologist. The Institute is also focused on training young scientists.

"MedUni Vienna maintains a close-knit scientific network with many Austrian companies and universities and its own spin-offs such as Max F. Perutz Laboratories. Through these partnerships it is now possible for Austria to not only catch up as an international scientific location but to lead the field in biomedical research. Working together with the University of Vienna, Max F. Perutz Laboratories will also play a major role in this going forward," emphasises Markus Müller, Rector of MedUni Vienna.

"Max F. Perutz Laboratories are a success story: 500 scientists from 40 countries are analysing molecular and cellular biology mechanisms in 60 different research groups, thereby making an important contribution to basic medical research under the general heading of mechanistic biomedicine," explains Heinz W. Engl, Rector of the University of Vienna. Together with the University of Vienna's planned Biology Center, Max F. Perutz Laboratories are helping to create one of Europe's most comprehensive Life Science Clusters in Vienna.

Since Max F. Perutz Laboratories were established, they have evolved to become an internationally respected research institution. Scientists working at the Institute have won numerous international prizes and funding grants, including eleven European Research Council grants.

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Mag. Johannes Angerer

Medical University of Vienna

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Mag. Sabine Fischer

Max F. Perutz Laboratories


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Mag. Alexandra Frey

University of Vienna

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Max F. Perutz Laboratories

Max F. Perutz Laboratories are a joint research and educational center of the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna at the Vienna Biocenter, one of the largest Life Sciences clusters in Austria. MFPL employs around 500 people from 40 countries in an average of 60 research groups working on basic research and teaching in the field of molecular biology.

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Medical University Vienna (MedUni Vienna) is one of the most traditional medical education and research facilities in Europe. With almost 8,000 students, it is currently the largest medical training centre in the German-speaking countries. With 5,500 employees, 26 departments and three clinical institutes, 12 medical theory centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories, it is also one of Europe's leading research establishments in the biomedical sector.

University of Vienna - short profile

Established since 1365.

Research and teaching keeping pace with the times. The University of Vienna is building on its strengths in the developing fields of data science & digital humanities, health & microbiome, society & communications, molecular biology & cognitive neurosciences, as well as quanta & materials. It is currently appointing 73 new professors in these areas.

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The University of Vienna is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Its 19 faculties and centers employ around 9,600 people, of whom 6,700 are scientists. This makes the University of Vienna one of the largest research institutions in Austria and the largest educational establishment with around 92,000 national and international students currently enrolled. With more than 178 courses, it offers the most varied choice of studies in Austria. The University of Vienna is also one of Austria's important centers for advanced professional training.