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.

Group photo: 27 pupils visit the HKI

What is smaller than bacteria? // 27.04.2018

At the "Pupils' Science Day", HKI researchers answer the questions of almost 30 curious students more…

Versuchsmaus auf einer Hand

Animal experiments in research // 19.04.2018

Information event by scientists from Jena on April 24, 2018 more…

The awardees of the Beutenberg Campus Science Award: Dr. Selene Mogavero (HKI) and Dr. Arne Sahm (FLI) together with the speaker of the "Noble Talks" Prof. Rudolf Jaenisch (MIT, Cambridge, USA)

Awards for young researchers // 18.04.2018

Scientists of the Leibniz-HKI and Leibniz-FLI receive the Science Award of the Beutenberg Campus more…

Pierre Stallforth, Leiter des Forscherteams, arbeitet an einer Chromatographie-Anlage zur Trennung von Substanzgemischen.

Dangerous cohabitation // 12.04.2018

Scientists discover a combination of substances that is active against hospital bug more…