Helmholtz Zentrum Munich

Helmholtz Zentrum München studies the pathogenesis of major common diseases, placing special emphasis on diabetes mellitus, lung diseases and allergies. The focus of research is on the interaction between environmental and lifestyle factors and individual genetic predisposition
in disease development. With its excellent basic research programs and top-level scientific and technical infrastructure, the Center develops innovative approaches to personalized diagnostics, therapy, and prevention.

Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria. As a member of Germany's largest scientific research organization, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, it is dedicated to pursuing long-term research goals to solve the urgent challenges facing society.

The Center currently has a staff of more than 2300 people working in the various scientific institutes and research units. Through translational research centers, clinical cooperation groups and collaborations with industry, basic research is linked to clinical applications, thus enabling advances in knowledge to bring about rapid benefits to society.

Helmholtz Zentrum München participates in all six German Centres of Health Research. On the national, international and regional level it is an important partner in excellent collaborations with science and industry. Joint Graduate Schools and the first international Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) offer outstanding training opportunities for the advancement of young scientists.

Team Lead

Professor Wolfgang Wurst – Developmental Genetics


  • Young Investigator
Sabrina C Desbordes – Stem Cells in Neural Development


  • Alumni
Dr. Andrea Huber Brösamle – Neuroscience
  • Alumni
Professor Reinhard W. Köster – Zebrafish Neurogenetics and Bioimaging
  • Alumni
Professor Chichung Lie – Molecular Medicine / Molecular Imaging