Microbial natural products serving as mediators of biological communication are essential for our lives. They do, however, play an ambivalent role: on the one hand, they contribute to the generation of many infectious diseases; on the other hand, they belong to the most important sources provided in drugs such as antibiotics. 

We investigate the communication between micro-organisms to be able to make use of the acquired know-how to develop innovative components for the diagnosis and therapy of diseases. By means of implementing those research results and the derived models thereof, we make a contribution to the development of the systems biology of an infection.

When the body destroys itself // 02.10.2015

JASN publication informs about rare kidney disease more…

Award-winning times for the HKI // 21.09.2015

49th Scientific Conference of the German speaking Mycological Society (DMykG) e. V. and 1st International Symposium of the CRC/Transregio FungiNet more…

Mycologists meet in Jena // 15.09.2015

Joint Conference of DMykG and the Collaborative Research Center FungiNet begins on Wednesday more…


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