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German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)


The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg is Germany’s largest biomedical research center with a worldwide reputation of excellence in basic and translational cancer research. Established in 1964 as a foundation under public law, the mission of the DKFZ’s more than 1200 scientists is to unravel the causes and mechanisms of cancer development and progression. Being organized in over 100 DKFZ research divisions and groups they develop novel strategies for the diagnosis, early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer through innovative translational research.
Two DKFZ scientists have been awarded Nobel Prizes: Prof. Harald zur Hausen in 2008 for his work on the role of human papilloma virus in causing cervical cancer and Prof. Stefan Hell in 2014 for his development of simulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy.
The DKFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. Institutional funding is provided by the German Federal Government and the State of Baden-Württemberg.



Dr. Philipp Gebhardt
DKFZ International Postdoc Program
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Foundation under Public Law
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg
phone: +49 6221 42-1668