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Housewarming and lab tours at Microverse professorships

After our housewarming party at the Microverse interim building by Dutilh lab and Barber lab, Microverse professors Ute Hellmich and Rosalind Allen welcomed scientists to their laboratories. Welcoming words by Microverse spokesperson Kirsten Küsel were followed by insights from Hellmich and Allen. It was a great possibility for Cluster scientist to come together and get insights in the labs and their science while enjoying some food. The Microverse Cluster profits from the expertise of the two outstanding scientists. The group of Ute Hellmich studies the molecular mechanisms and motions of (membrane) proteins from microorganism to man. Rosalind Allen's group focuses on microbe-environmen…

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Intestinal bacteria influence the growth of fungi

The bacteria present in the intestine provide information about the quantities of fungi of the poten…

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Prof. Walter Rosenthal is the new President of the German Rectors' Conference

On 9 May, the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) elected the President of the University of Jena a…

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Scientists “revive” Stone Age molecules

In a transdisciplinary study, scientists are rebuilding microbial natural products up to 100,000 yea…

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Mapping the Microverse

The research team led by Bas Dutilh is redefining the way microbial niches are defined and understoo…

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A photo of the poster first author holding her award certificate, next to secretary of the German Society for Plant Sciences (Phycology Section)

Trang Vuong and co-workers awarded best poster prize at phycology conference

The 20th Scientific Conference of the Phycology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences too…

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ERC Grant for new Microverse scientist Ioachim Pupeza

The Cluster of Excellence welcomes Ioachim Pupeza, new working group leader at the Leibniz Institute…

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Scientific image analysis for everyone

The software JIPipe was developed by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Researc…

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Tiny organisms, huge amounts of data

Newly appointed Prof. Gianni Panagiotou researches microbiomes with bioinformatics methods Gianni Pa…

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Upcoming Events


4th JSMC Alumni Meeting

During the event, you will have the opportunity to get (back) in touch and exchange experiences with current doctoral researchers and your former fellows. We will hear lectures about the different professions of former doctoral researchers with time for questions and exchange, followed by an online socializing event.

Jena School for Microbial Communication

MiCoCo Stars: Natural Products from Interacting Microorganisms and Ancient Microbiomes

For our MiCoCo Stars Prof. Dr. Pierre Stallforth from the Department Paleobiotechnology at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute (Leibniz HKI) will give a talk on "Natural Products from Interacting Microorganisms and Ancient Microbiomes".

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Campus Ernst Abbe Platz

16th German Peptide Symposium

This symposium will address four peptide research areas: Peptides and Organisms, Structure and Function, Targets & Biomedicine, Peptide Design & Properties

The opening lecture will be held by Prof. Hiroaki Suga from the University of Tokyo. For other key contributions and further information see attachment and visit the conference website

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations (by May 31st, 2023) and posters (by June 30th). Conference registration deadline is 9th July.

Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Internal Microverse Symposium

University of Applied Sciences Jena

Annual Meeting of the German Society for Biomaterials

With keynotes by Dr. Karine Anselme (Research Director at French National Centre for Scientific Research l Mulhouse, France), Dr. Nina C. Lindfors (Helsinki University Central Hospital l Helsinki, Finland), Prof. Dr. Mathias Pletz (University Hospital Jena, Germany), Prof. Dr. Valentina Russo (Department of Bioscience and Agro-Food and Environmental Technology, Unit of Basic and Applied Biosciences University of Teramo, Italy) and others

Leibniz HKI & online

International Symposium: Systems Biology of Microbial Infection

7th International Symposium with speakers: Rosalind Allen, Margherita Bertuzzi, Knut Drescher, jan Hasenauer, Angela Reynolds

Conference Website


Microbial balance is crucial for a healthy life - whether in humans, animals or plants. Even waters and soils, and thus entire ecosystems, depend on it. If this dynamic balance of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms falters, the consequences can be severe.

Research into the Microverse is all about the communication and interaction of these tiny organisms with each other and with their environment. This is because they have often been living together for millions of years and are rarely found in isolation.

Prof. Brakhage explains that the next antibiotic agent may be waiting to be discovered in our front yard. And from this, in the best case, a drug can be developed that specifically attacks undesirable microorganisms and does not affect the beneficial ones.

Mikrobiome - Mikroorganismen im (Un-)Gleichgewicht

Microbial Kitchen

Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi have a big influence on our lives. Often they appear to us as threats to our health but that is only a very narrow view on the functions and abilities of microorganisms. In fact, life would not be possible without them: a balanced microbiome keeps humans, animals, plants and ecosystems healthy. Moreover they are significant for our nutrition – humans have been using microorganisms such as yeast or lactic acid bacteria to produce food for thousands of years.

Members and friends of the Microverse Cluster and the Jena School for Microbial Communication have revealed their favourite delicious recipes which involve the activity of microorganisms. You will also find information on typical microorganisms used for food production.

Discover the Microverse and enjoy the microbial kitchen!