Patrick Müller receives the „EMBO Young Investigator” Award

Dr. Patrick Müller (Brigitte Sailer / MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie Tübingen)

Tübingen, 25th October 2017. Patrick Müller, group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, is one of the “EMBO Young Investigators” 2017. EMBO announces today the selection of 28 young scientists as EMBO Young Investigators. Selection to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is recognition of exceptional research and scientific potential. The award winners join a network of some of the best up-and-coming group leaders in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. 

Patrick Müller’s research focuses on the question: How do extracellular signaling molecules pattern developing embryos and tissues? To address this question he combines genetic, biophysical, and theoretical approaches. From 1999 to 2004, Müller studied molecular biology in Göttingen, Berkeley, and New York. In 2007, he received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and worked as a postdoc and research associate at Harvard University until 2013. Müller has already received several awards for his work, including an ERC Starting Grant. EMBO honors Patrick Müller’s innovative approach to unravel general principles underlying self-organizing processes during development and the potential of his research to make new strategies for human tissue engineering from embryonic stem cells possible.

In 2017 the EMBO Young Investigators Programme received 224 eligible applications. The new Young Investigators are based in 11 different countries, including two European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) Associate Member States, India and Singapore. Selection to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is recognition of exceptional research and scientific potential. During their three-year tenure, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of benefits, including an award of 15,000 Euros and possible additional funds to support their  laboratories.  


Dr. Patrick Müller
E-Mail: patrick.mueller(at)

Sarah Hailer (PR Officer)
Phone: +49 7071 601- 444

About us:

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science in Germany consists of 83 research institutes. The Max Planck Campus in Tübingen employs more than 700 staff members and comprises the MPI for Developmental Biology, the MPI for Biological Cybernetics, the MPI for Intelligent Systems, and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory.

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory (FML) was founded in 1969 by the Max Planck Society. It provides outstanding young researchers the opportunity to establish a research group and an independent research program with generous support over a period of several years. Approximately 50 employees in four research groups currently work at the FML.