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.

"Wirkstoffradio" with Hajo Kries // 25.01.2021

Current podcast about the design of natural products through directed evolution of nonribosomal peptide synthetases more…

New Professor at Leibniz-HKI // 15.01.2021

Christina Zielinski heads the new Department of Infection Immunology more…

New therapeutic approach against COVID-19 // 15.01.2021

Partners from the Germany-wide alliance InfectControl combine expertise more…