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ERC Advanced Grant for natural product researcher Christian Hertweck

Synthetic biology reveals the secrets of life without oxygen The “AnoxyGen” project will decode novel active substances of anaerobes and elucidate their role in nature. Some of these could be useful for humans, animals and the environment. Christian Hertweck has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). In the project, he wants to investigate the unique biosynthetic pathways and active compounds of anaerobic bacteria in order to better understand their role in nature and make them usable for medical, ecological and biotechnological applications. Hertweck heads the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry at the Leibniz Institute for Natural P…

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Bacterial glitter: New findings open up possibilities for sustainable color technologies

An international team of researchers has investigated the mechanism that makes some types of bacteri…

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The re-elected Vice President of the DFG, Prof Dr Axel A. Brakhage. (Source: Anna Schroll/Leibniz-HKI)

German Research Foundation: Axel Brakhage re-elected Vice President

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has confirmed Prof. Dr Axel Brakhage as Vice President by a lar…

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Johannes Zimmermann joins "Balance of the Microverse" to advance Microbial Metabolic Interactions Research

As of June 1, 2024, the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse" welcomes Johannes …

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Microverse researcher Michael Bauer, Maria Ermolaeva and Microverse Guest Professor Miguel P. Soares

Discovering Nature's Paradox: Low Pathogen Exposure Boosts Organismal Fitness

How Low Infection Levels Can Support Health: New Opinion Paper Challenges Prevailing Beliefs A recen…

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Happy World Microbiome Day! - Interview with Gianni Panagiotou

We are excited to feature an insightful interview with Gianni Panagiotou, a leading researcher at th…

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Prof Dr Axel Brakhage (left) and DGHM President and laudator Prof Dr Jan Buer (right). (Source: Conventus)

Award of the Ferdinand Cohn Medal to Axel Brakhage

Award honours the microbiologist for outstanding achievements in the research of human pathogenic fu…

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JSMC launches New Mentoring Programs for Early Career Researchers

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Talaromyces verruculosus under the microscope. Source: Ivan Schlembach/Leibniz-HKI

A fungus converts cellulose directly into a novel platform chemical

A new process for the mass production of erythro-isocitric acid from waste could make the substance …

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Upcoming Events

SR Dorothy Hodgkin, HKI-Biotech Center (A7), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

Cross-talk between the inflammasome-nucleator NLRP3 and intrinsic apoptosis at mitochondria

Topic 2024: Translational Immunology

Prof. Dr. Olaf Groß
(Institute for Neuropathology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Olaf Groß received his doctorate in Biology from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and was postdoctoral fellow in the group of Jürg Tschopp at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He returned to the Technical University of Munich Medical Center to start an independent research group in 2012, supported by an ERC Starting Grant, before he became appointed full professor in Freiburg in 2017. His research centers around the mechanisms of signal transduction, innate immunity, danger sensing, cell death, metabolism, mitochondria, and macrophage cell biology and their interconnections and cross-talk. He develops new strategies for precision control of innate immunity for research and therapy.

MiCom 2024

10th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists.

The MiCom is a great platform to encourage discussions between young scientists and experts from all fields of research related to microbial communication. The conference traditionally consists of five chaired sessions, each containing outstanding keynote lectures and a number of selected student talks.

More: https://www.micom.uni-jena.de/

Campus Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Jahrestagung Myk 2024

58. Wissenschaftlichen Jahrestagung der Deutschsprachigen Mykologischen Gesellschaft

Mehr Infos hier.

Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin

Joint Conference: Microbes conntecting health & environment

Join us on October 1 – 2, 2024, at Futurium, Berlin, for the conference "Microbes conntecting health & environment" organized by the Excellence Clusters "Balance of the Microverse," "Resolving Infection Susceptibility - RESIST," and "Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections."

This event will feature leading researchers like Maria Vehreschild, Mark Brönstrup, and Sofia Forslund, who will present cutting-edge findings and innovative strategies. The conference will feature topic slots on Antimicrobial Resistance and New Solutions, Microbial Community Resilience, Infection Susceptibility, and Microbiome & Health.

Highlights include a public Fish Bowl discussion with Veronika von Messling and Lothar H. Wieler. This conference offers a unique opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange among top scientists and emerging researchers. Engage with experts and explore the latest advancements in microbial research. Don’t miss this pivotal event in the fight against infections. To stay up to date on conference details, sign up at contact@microverse-cluster.de.

Volksbad, Jena

Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI): Aging and Microbiome Conference 2024

Early Registration Deadline: July 31st, 2024

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31st, 2024

Registration now open and more information: amc24.leibniz-fli.de