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.

Fungal weapon turns against the maker // 16.10.2018

Candidalysin destroys host cells and activates immune response more…

Major success for the research profile of the University Jena // 27.09.2018

Jena’s proposal for the research cluster ‘Balance of the Microverse’ to be funded in the Excellence Strategy more…

Microbes to fight fatty liver disease // 26.09.2018

The European research network “BestTreat” develops novel measures against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease more…