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.

Gianni Panagiotou

Welcome to HKI! // 04.01.2017

Gianni Panagiotou follows Reinhard Guthke as head of the research group Systems Biology and Bioinformatics more…

medac research award 2016 // 08.11.2016

Award for novel yeast toxin and predatory ameba more…

Dr. Slavena Vylkova (Quelle: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU)

How fungi turn into dangerous pathogens // 15.09.2016

New research group „Host Fungal Interfaces“ starts in October more…

Healthy habits mean healthy eyes // 19.08.2016

Scientists of the NRZMyk join the CDC's Contact Lense Health week and inform about fungal keratitis more…


16.03.2017 // Lecture hall Koch and Pasteur

BioSynthetic Strategies Towards New Antimicrobial Natural Products

20.03.2017 - 23.03.2017 // Friedrich Schiller University Jena

6th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists

10.04.2017 - 11.04.2017 // München

Leibniz Meeting on Bioactive Compounds 2017


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