Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Infection biology of human pathogenic fungi (especially Candida albicans)
  • Infection biology of Neisseria meningitidis
Professional Career
Since 2017 Chair of Medical Microbiology and Mycology, Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology, Julius Maximilians University Würzburg and head of the research group Fungal Septomics at Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute Jena
2009-2016 Professor (W2) for Fungal Septomics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
2008 Habilitation in medical microbiology, University Würzburg
2006 Medical specialist in microbiology, virology and infection epidemiology (Bayerische Landesärztekammer)
2003 Head of a working group, Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, University Würzburg
2001-2002 Doctor in practical training (AiP), Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, University Würzburg
2002 Dr. med., “summa cum laude” University Würzburg
2001 Staatsexamen (state examination) in human medicine, University Würzburg
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
Since 2014 Head of the Nationales Referenzzentrums für invasive Pilzinfektionen (NRZMyk)
Since 2013 Board member of the Integriertes Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum “Center for Sepsis Control and Care” (CSCC) at the University Hospital Jena
Since 2012 Scientific Manager of the consortium “InfectControl 2020 – New Antiinfection Strategies – Science • Society • Economy” within the BMBF-Programme “Zwanzig 20 – Partnership for Innovation” (Head: Prof. A. Brakhage)
Since 2012 Editor-in-chief, Medical Mycology Case Reports, member (ex officio) of the executive board of the International Society for Human & Animal Mycology (ISHAM)
Since 2011 Elected note taker at the Deutschsprachige Mykologische Gesellschaft DMykG
2015-2016 Speaker of the ZIK Septomics
2011-2013 Editor, Journal of Basic Microbiology
2009 Hans-Rieth-poster prize from the Deutschsprachige Mykologische Gesellschaft (DMykG)
2008 Award from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie
2003 Science award from the Unterfränkische Gedenkjahrstiftung
2003 Dissertation award from the medical faculty of the University Würzburg
2002 Becton-Dickinson PhD award from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

Publications

Geißel B, Loiko V, Klugherz I, Zhu Z, Wagener N, Kurzai O, van den Hondel CAMJJ, Wagener J (2018) Azole-induced cell wall carbohydrate patches kill Aspergillus fumigatus. Nat Commun 9(1), 3098.
Habbe KJ, Frings A, Schrader S, Roth M, MacKenzie C, Walther G, Kurzai O, Geerling G (2018) Tintelnotia destructans: Ein neuer Feind vor dem Tore [Tintelnotia destructans: new enemy at the gates]. Ophthalmologe 115(11), 948-950.
Hube B, Kurzai O (2018) Candida species. In: Oxford University Press (ed.) Oxford Textbook of Medical Mycology Chapter 11, pp. 77-79. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978019875. (Review)
Hünniger K, Kurzai O (2018) Phagocytes as central players in the defence against invasive fungal infection. Semin Cell Dev Biol 89, 3-15. (Review)
Kohlenberg A, Struelens MJ, Monnet DL, Plachouras D, The Candida Auris Survey Collaborative Group (2018) Candida auris: Epidemiological situation, laboratory capacity and preparedness in European Union and European economic area countries, 2013 to 2017. Euro Surveill 23(13), 18-00136.
Leo F, Zeh M, Prothmann A, Kurzai O, Kurz S, Grohé C (2018) Tracheal, laryngeal and pulmonary mucormycosis followed by organizing pneumonia in a patient with adult onset still's disease. Med Mycol Case Rep 20, 28-32.
Morton CO, Wurster S, Fliesser M, Ebel F, Page L, Hünniger K, Kurzai O, Schmitt AL, Michel D, Springer J, Einsele H, Loeffler J (2018) Validation of a simplified in vitro Transwell® model of the alveolar surface to assess host immunity induced by different morphotypes of Aspergillus fumigatus. Int J Med Microbiol 308(8), 1009-1017.
Polke M, Leonhardt I, Kurzai O, Jacobsen ID (2018) Farnesol signalling in Candida albicans - more than just communication. Crit Rev Microbiol 44(2), 230-243. (Review)
Prauße MTE, Lehnert T, Timme S, Hünniger K, Leonhardt I, Kurzai O, Figge MT (2018) Predictive virtual infection modeling of fungal immune evasion in human whole blood. Front Immunol 9, 560.
Ruhnke M, Behre G, Buchheidt D, Christopeit M, Hamprecht A, Heinz W, Heussel CP, Horger M, Kurzai O, Karthaus M, Löffler J, Maschmeyer G, Penack O, Rieger C, Rickerts V, Ritter J, Schmidt-Hieber M, Schuelper N, Schwartz S, Ullmann A, Vehreschild JJ, von Lilienfeld-Toal M, Weber T, Wolf HH (2018) Diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases in haematology and oncology: 2018 update of the recommendations of the infectious diseases working party of the German society for hematology and medical oncology (AGIHO). Mycoses 61(11), 796-813. (Review)