Marc Thilo Figge

Prof. Dr. Marc Thilo Figge

Applied Systems Biology +49 3641 532-1416

Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Host-pathogen interaction on human pathogenic fungi
  • Automated processing of microscopic images
  • Spatiotemporal computer simulations of agent-based infection models
Professional Career
since 2021 Professor (W3) for Applied Systems Biology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
since 2011 Head of Research Group Applied Systems Biology, Leibniz-HKI
2011-2021 Professor (W2) for Applied Systems Biology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2005-2010 Junior Fellow in Theoretical Immunology at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) of the Goethe University Frankfurt
2001-2005 Research assistant in Computer Physics at the University Groningen (NL)
2000 Dr. rer. nat. in Physics at the University Groningen (NL)
1995 Diploma in Physics at the University Dortmund
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities


2011 - 2017 Adjunct Fellow at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)

Scientific Activities and Functions

since 2021 Deputy Coordinator of the Jena School for Microbial Communication
since 2019 Coordinator of Research Area C – Data Synopsis in the Excellence Cluster “Balance of the Microverse”
Member of the Management Board of the Microverse Imaging Center in the Excellence Cluster “Balance of the Microverse”
since 2019 Speaker of Leibniz ScienceCampus “InfectoOptics”
since 2019 Editor: Scientific Reports
since 2017 Ombudsperson at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
since 2017 PI and member of the DFG-Collaborative Research Center 1278 PolyTarget
since 2017 Editor: Cytometry A
since 2015 Member: Jena Center for Soft Matter
since 2015 Member: Michael Stifel Center for Data-Driven and Simulation Science
since 2014 PI and member of the DFG-Collaborative Research Center 124 FungiNet
since 2014 Editor: Computational and Mathematical Models in Medicine
since 2012 Organizer: Biennial international symposium on “Image-based Systems Biology” (IbSB)
since 2011 Organizer: Biennial international symposium on “Systems Biology of Microbial Infection” (SBMI)
since 2011 Member: International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions
since 2011 Member: Jena School for Microbial Communication


Hassan MIA*, Cseresnyes Z*, Al-Zaben N, Dahse HM, Vilela de Oliveira RJ, Walther G, Voigt K**, Figge MT**; *shared first authors; ** authors contributed equally (2019) The geographical region of origin determines the phagocytic vulnerability of Lichtheimia strains. Environ Microbiol 21(12), 4563-4581.
Hirth G, Svensson C-M, Böttcher K, Ullrich S, Figge MT, Jungnickel B (2019) Regulation of the germinal center reaction and somatic hypermutation dynamics by homologous recombination. J Immunol 203(6), 1493-1501.
Kresinsky A, Schnöder TM, Jacobsen ID, Rauner M, Hofbauer LC, Ast V, König R, Hoffmann B, Svensson C-M, Figge MT, Hilger I, Heidel FH, Böhmer FD, Müller JP (2019) Lack of CD45 in FLT3-ITD mice results in a myeloproliferative phenotype, cortical porosity, and ectopic bone formation. Oncogene 38(24), 4773-4787.
Maurer M, Gresnigt MS, Last A, Wollny T, Berlinghof F, Pospich R, Cseresnyes Z, Medyukhina A, Graf K, Gröger M, Raasch M, Siwczak F, Nietzsche S, Jacobsen ID, Figge MT, Hube B, Huber O, Mosig AS (2019) A three-dimensional immunocompetent intestine-on-chip model as in vitro platform for functional and microbial interaction studies. Biomaterials 220, 119396.
Svensson C-M, Figge MT (2019) Künstliche Intelligenz für die biomedizinische Bildgebung. GIT Labor-Fachzeitschrift , (Review)
Svensson C-M*, Shydkiv O*, Dietrich S, Mahler L, Weber T, Choudhary M, Tovar M, Figge MT**, Roth M**; *authors contributed equally; *corresponding authors; **authors contributed equally (2019) Coding of experimental conditions in microfluidic droplet assays using colored beads and machine learning supported image analysis. Small 15(4), e1802384.
Tuchscherr L, Pöllath C, Siegmund A, Deinhardt-Emmer S, Hörr V, Svensson C-M, Figge MT, Monecke S, Löffler B (2019) Clinical S. aureus isolates vary in their virulence to promote adaptation to the host. Toxins 11(3), 135.
Allert S*, Förster TM*, Svensson C-M, Richardson JP, Pawlik T, Hebecker B, Rudolphi S, Juraschitz M, Schaller M, Blagojevic M, Morschhäuser J, Figge MT, Jacobsen ID, Naglik JR, Kasper L, Mogavero S, Hube B; *authors contributed equally (2018) Candida albicans-induced epithelial damage mediates translocation through intestinal barriers. mBio 9(3), e00915.
Cseresnyes Z*, Kraibooj K*, Figge MT, *authors contributed equally (2018) Hessian-based quantitative image analysis of host- pathogen confrontation assays. Cytometry A 93(3), 346-356.
Dasari P, Shopova IA, Stroe M, Wartenberg D, Dahse HM, Beyersdorf N, Hortschansky P, Dietrich S, Cseresnyés Z, Figge MT, Westermann M, Skerka C, Brakhage AA, Zipfel PF (2018) Aspf2 from Aspergillus fumigatus recruits human immune regulators for immune evasion and cell damage. Front Immunol 9, 1635.