Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Infection biology of human pathogenic fungi
  • Molecular biotechnology / synthetic biotechnology of microbial compounds
  • Microbial communication
  • Eukaryotic gene regulation / transcription factors
Professional Career
since 2005  Scientific Director, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute (HKI) Jena
since 2005 Head of Department Molecular and Applied Microbiology, HKI Jena
since 2004 Professor (C4/W3) and chair in microbiology and molecular biology, Institute for Microbiology, FSU Jena
2000-2004 Professor (C4) and chair in microbiology, Leibniz University Hanover
1998-2001 Professor (C3) in microbiology, Technical University Darmstadt
1996 Habilitation in microbiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
1992-1998 Research assistant (C1), Institute for Genetics and Microbiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
1990-1992 Research assistant, The University of Sheffield, UK, funded through postdoc grants of the DFG
1989-1990 Group head, Biotechnology, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen
1989 Dr. rer. nat. in microbiology, „summa cum laude“ University Münster and Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC) Paris
1985 Studies in biology/chemistry, diploma in biology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
since 2020  Vice President of the DFG
since 2020 Head of section 13 "Microbiology and Immunology" and Senator in the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
since 2019 Spokesperson of the Excellence Cluster "Balance of the Microverse"
since 2019 Member of the foundation board of the Foundation Regensburg Center for Interventional Immunology (RCI), Regensburg
since 2019 Member of the scientific panel of the Heinrich-Pette Institute (HPI), Hamburg
since 2018 Member of the scientific panel of the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF), Münster
since 2017 Member of the Steering Committee DZIF/TTU
since 2017 Elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology
since 2017 Member of the scientific panel of the Robert Koch Foundation (RKS), Berlin
since 2017 Member of the scientific panel of the MRC Medical Mycology Centre, Exeter, UK
since 2016 Member of the Clusterboard RIS3 Thüringen
since 2016 Member of the scientific panel of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (MPIIB), Berlin
since 2016 Spokesperson of the Leibniz Research Cluster “Biotechnologie 2020+“
since 2015 Elected member of the European Academy of Microbiology
since 2015 Honorary member of the DMykG
2014 Main Research Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
since 2013 Spokesperson of the SFB/Transregio 124 FungiNet (DFG)
since 2013 Deputy representative of the Leibniz-Research-Alliance Compounds and Biotechnology
since 2013 Board member of the research campus “InfectoGnostics” (BMBF)
since 2012 Spokesperson of the consortium “InfectControl 2020 – New Anti-infection Strategies – Science • Society • Economy” in the BMBF-programme “Zwanzig 20 – Partnership for Innovation”
2012-2016 Representative of the DFG-Professional Council 204 Microbiology, Immunology, Virology
2010-2012 Board member of the Integriertes Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum “Center for Sepsis Control and Care” (CSCC) at the University Hospital Jena
2010-2016 Spokesperson (and authorised commissioner) of the Leibniz Research Cluster “Biotechnologie 2020+“
since 2010 Member of the scientific panel of the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig
2010-2018 Member of the scientific panel of the –Institute for Pharmaceutical Research (HIPS), Saarbrücken
2010-2020 Member of the scientific panel of the Research Centre Borstel, Borstel
2010-2017 Member of the scientific panel of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle
2009-2017 Supervisory Board Leibniz-Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Braunschweig
2009-2016 Member of the scientific panel of the Research Center for Infectious Diseases (ZINF), Würzburg
2009-2011 President of the Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie
2008-2019 Member of the university council (reappointment 2011+2015) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
2008-2016 Member of the DFG-Professional Council 204 Microbiology, Immunology, Virology
2008 Appointed member of the Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leopoldina
2007-2016 Liaison Officer for scientific misconduct at the FSU Jena
since 2007 Spokesperson of the excellence graduated school „Jena School for Microbial Communication”
2006-2008 Spokesperson of the graduate school "International Leibniz Research School (ILRS) for microbial and biomolecular interactions“
2006 Heinz-Seeliger award for infection biology
since 2005 Scientific panel "Goettinger Center for Molecular Bio/Sciences (GZMB)", Georg-August-University Göttingen
since 2005 Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, FSU Jena
2004-2010 Representative of the DFG priority programme 1160 "colonisation and infection through human pathogenic fungi"
2003-2010 Scientific panel „Center for Microbial Biotechnology“ DTU Copenhagen, Denmark
2003-2009 Member in the programme committee of the DFG priority programme 1152 "Evolution of Metabolic Diversity"
2003-2004 Dean, faculty biology, Leibniz-University Hanover
2002-2006,
2009-2020
Member of the scientific panel of the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF), Würzburg
since 1998 Editor of several magazines
since 1995 Principal investigator in EU projects

Publications

Balkenhol J, Bencurova E, Gupta SK, Schmidt H, Heinekamp T, Brakhage AA, Pottikkadavath A, Dandekar T (2022) Prediction and validation of host-pathogen interactions by a versatile inference approach using Aspergillus fumigatus as a case study. Comput Struct Biotechnol J [Accepted]
Brandt P, Gerwien F, Wagner L, Krüger T, Ramírez-Zavala B, Mirhakkak MH, Schäuble S, Kniemeyer O, Panagiotou G, Brakhage AA, Morschhäuser J, Vylkova S (2022) Candida albicans SR-like protein kinases regulate different cellular processes: Sky1 is involved in control of ion homeostasis, while Sky2 is important for dipeptide utilization. Front Cell Infect Microbiol 12, 850531.
Goldmann M, Schmidt F, Cseresnyés Z, Orasch T, Jahreis S, Hartung S, Figge MT, von Lilienfeld-Toal M, Heinekamp T, Brakhage AA (2022) The lipid raft-associated protein stomatin is required for accumulation of dectin-1 in the phagosomal membrane and for full activity of macrophages against Aspergillus fumigatus. bioRxiv ,
Halder LD, Babych S, Palme DI, Mansouri-Ghahnavieh E, Ivanov L, Ashonibare V, Langenhorst D, Prusty B, Rambach G, Wich M, Trinks N, Blango MG, Kornitzer D, Terpitz U, Speth C, Jungnickel B, Beyersdorf N, Zipfel PF, Brakhage AA, Skerka C (2022) Candida albicans induces cross-kingdom miRNA trafficking in human monocytes to promote fungal growth. mBio 13(1), e0356321.
Huber EM, Hortschansky P, Scheven MT, Misslinger M, Haas H, Brakhage AA, Groll M (2022) Structural insights into cooperative DNA recognition by the CCAAT-binding complex and its bZIP transcription factor HapX. Structure 30(7), 934-946.e4.
Jia LJ, Rafiq M, Radosa L, Hortschansky P, Cunha C, Cseresnyés Z, Krüger T, Schmidt F, Heinekamp T, Straßburger M, Loeffler B, Doenst T, Lacerda JF, Campos A, Figge MT, Carvalho A, Kniemeyer O, Brakhage AA (2022) Re-direction of phagosomes to the recycling expulsion pathway by a fungal pathogen. bioRxiv [Preprint]
Kelani AA, Bruch A, Rivieccio F, Visser C, Krüger T, Kniemeyer O, Bromley MJ, Bowyer P, Barber AE, Brakhage AA, Blango MG (2022) Functional characterization of the RNA interference pathway in A. fumigatus reveals its potential for antifungal therapy. bioRxiv [Preprint]
Kühbacher A, Peiffer M, Hortschansky P, Merschak P, Bromley MJ, Haas H, Brakhage AA, Gsaller F (2022) Azole resistance-associated regulatory motifs within the promoter of cyp51A in Aspergillus fumigatus. Microbiol Spectr 10(3), e0120922.
Niemiec MJ, Kapitan M, Himmel M, Döll K, Krüger T, Köllner TG, Auge I, Kage F, Alteri CJ, Mobley HLT, Monsen T, Linde S, Nietzsche S, Kniemeyer O, Brakhage AA, Jacobsen ID (2022) Augmented enterocyte damage during Candida albicans and Proteus mirabilis coinfection. Front Cell Infect Microbiol 12, 866416.
Rafiq M, Rivieccio F, Zimmermann AK, Visser C, Bruch A, Krüger T, González Rojas K, Kniemeyer O, Blango MG, Brakhage AA (2022) PLB-985 neutrophil-like cells as a model to study Aspergillus fumigatus pathogenesis. mSphere 7(1), e0094021.