Superficial fungal infections are widespread. But life-threatening invasive fungal infections are also on the rise worldwide and pose an underestimated risk to human health. Worldwide, they are responsible for over 1.5 million deaths annually. In Europe, mainly filamentous fungi such as Aspergillus fumigatus and yeasts of the Candida genus cause invasive fungal infections. We are the only research institute that focuses on fungi as infectious agents in humans comprehensively in different disciplines and at all levels of complexity - from molecular interactions to infection models in animals.