medac Research Award 2023

| by Steffi Feller

Dr. Sascha Brunke was awarded the medac research prize this year. The award recognises the successful interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers beyond their own group.

The award-winning papers particularly reflect excellent research work in the main research fields of the Leibniz-HKI and document the cooperation of several departments or groups at our institute.

A team led by Bastian Seelbinder from the Microbiome Dynamics department has been studying the human gut microbiome. Together with Sascha's team from our department, the researchers discovered that some bacterial species provide information about the quantities of potentially pathogenic yeasts of the genus Candida. Surprisingly, these indicator bacteria also include lactic acid bacteria. These were previously known to protect against fungal infections.

We congratulate Sascha for his outstanding work.