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.

Laureate Selene Mogavero

Candidalysin is “Bioactive Compound of the year 2017” // 13.04.2017

The prize of the Leibniz Research Alliance has been allocated to three scientists of the HKI more…

Volha Skrahina with her Certificate

Successful zinc diet for Candida // 05.04.2017

Congratulations to Volha Skrahina for the prize “Best Elevator Presentation” more…

March for Science // 28.03.2017

HKI supports the "March for Science" on 22. April 2017 in Jena more…

Plant leaf under the new laboratory setup.

Up and Down for Chemical Visibility // 17.03.2017

Jena scientists extend mass spectrometric imaging to non-flat biological surfaces. more…


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