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


Foo WL, Cseresnyés Z, Rössel C, Teng Y, Ramoji A, Chi M, Hauswald W, Huschke S, Hoeppener S, Popp J, Schacher FH, Sierka M, Figge MT, Press AT#, Bauer M# (2023) Tuning the corona-core ratio of polyplex micelles for selective oligonucleotide delivery to hepatocytes or hepatic immune cells. Biomaterials 294, 122016.
Gerst R*, Cseresnyés Z*, Figge MT# (2023) JIPipe: Visual batch processing for ImageJ. Nat Methods 20(2), 168-169.
Goldmann M, Schmidt F, Cseresnyés Z, Orasch T, Jahreis S, Hartung S, Figge MT, von Lilienfeld-Toal M, Heinekamp T, Brakhage AA (2023) 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. mSphere 8(8), e0052322.
González K*, Gangapurwala G*, Alex J*, Vollrath A, Cseresnyés Z, Weber C, Czaplewska JA, Hoeppener S, Svensson CM, Orasch T, Heinekamp T, Guerrero-Sánchez C, Figge MT, Schubert US, Brakhage AA (2023) Targeting of phagolysosomes containing conidia of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus with polymeric particles. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 107(2-3), 819-834.
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 (2023) Aspergillus fumigatus hijacks human p11 to redirect fungal-containing phagosomes to non-degradative pathway. Cell Host Microbe 31(3), 373-388.
Kühne M, Hofmann S, Lindemann H, Cseresnyés Z, Dzierza A, Schröder D, Godmann M, Koschella A, Eggeling C, Fischer D, Figge MT, Heinze T, Heinzel T (2023) Analysis of HDACi-coupled nanoparticles: Opportunities and challenges. In: Humana, New York, NY (eds.) HDAC/HAT Function Assessment and Inhibitor Development. Methods in Molecular Biology 2589, pp. 129-144. Springer Protocols. ISBN: 978-1-0716-2787. (Review)
Ma F, Kaufmann R, Sedzicki J, Cseresnyés Z, Dehio C, Hoeppener S, Figge MT, Heintzmann R# (2023) Guided-deconvolution for correlative light and electron microscopy. PLOS One 18(3), e0282803.
Orasch T*, Gangapurwala G*, Vollrath A, González K, Alex J, De San Luis A, Weber C, Hoeppener S, Cseresnyés Z, Figge MT, Guerrero-Sanchez C, Schubert US#, Brakhage AA# (2023) Polymer-based particles against pathogenic fungi: A non-uptake delivery of compounds. Biomater Adv 146, 213300.
Press AT#*, Ungelenk L*, Medyukhina A, Pennington SA, Nietzsche S, Kan C, Lupp A, Dahmen U, Wang R, Settmacher U, Wetzker R, Figge MT, Clemens MG, Bauer M (2023) Sodium thiosulfate refuels the hepatic antioxidant pool reducing ischemia-reperfusion-induced liver injury. Free Radic Biol Med 204, 151-160.
Saffer C, Timme S, Rudolph P, Figge MT# (2023) Surrogate infection model predicts optimal alveolar macrophage number for clearance of Aspergillus fumigatus infections. NPJ Syst Biol Appl 9, 12.