Microorganisms rule the world through space and time. Microbial consortia and their interactions control the environment and health. Their disturbance by (a)biotic factors has drastic consequences. A balanced interaction between all partners is critical for the maintenance of:

  • Functioning of all ecosystems
  • Stable climate
  • Growth and well-being of plants and animals
  • Human health and sustainable natural resources

The mission of the Microverse Cluster is to provide the scientific basis for understanding microbial balance from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We ultimately aim to develop technologies allowing for targeted interventions to maintain or restore microbial balance.

Learn more about our mission in a video statement of our spokesperson Kirsten Küsel

Teaser: Faculty


To achieve our ambitious goal we combine our expertise in microbiology, chemical biology, infection biology, clinical medicine, ecology, optics/photonics, materials science, bioinformatics and ethics.

Teaser: PhDs & Postdocs

PhDs & Postdocs

Our early career researchers enjoy a research-oriented, interdisciplinary training program that unites the expertise from the Friedrich Schiller University and the participating research institutes.

Teaser: Institutes and Partners

Institutes and Partners

In the Microverse Cluster experts at the Friedrich Schiller University, the university hospital, eight non-university research institutes and  industry partners work together.

Teaser: Guest Scientist Program

Guest Scientist Program

We encourage scientific exchange on all career levels. Therefore we established our Guest Professorship Program and the Scientist Exchange Program.