The Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (MPUSP) is an independent institute of the Max Planck Society. MPUSP was founded in 2018 by Emmanuelle Charpentier to strengthen fundamental research on pathogens (bacteria and viruses) causing diseases in humans. The institute is located on the Campus Charité Mitte in Berlin.
The mission of MPUSP is to achieve a better understanding of the complexities of pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their interactions with their natural environment by developing innovative approaches. Belonging to the prestigious Max Planck Society, MPUSP offers an interactive and dynamic environment where our team of international and creative scientists are provided ongoing support to take on original research projects and answer free-minded basic biological questions. MPUSP operates in a unique mode of cooperation between the administration, management and research. Our scientists benefit from a state-of-the-art infrastructure, integrative and custom-desig