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.

New member of the Leopoldina // 26.05.2016

Christian Hertweck elected as member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina more…

Selene Mogavero and Bernahrd Hube

Paper of the month // 13.05.2016

Nature publication honoured by DGHM more…

Nano-roughness against bacteria // 07.04.2016

Joint project to fight infections initiated by material scientists and microbiologists from Jena more…