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Call for Early Career Scientists for our Cluster of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse and the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) invite applications for six doctoral and two postdoctoral researcher positions. In addition, there is an open position for an imaging specialist within our new Microverse Imaging Center. We are also looking for a junior group leader to establish a new research group on Causal Inference. We are seeking motivated and engaging candidates who strive to collaborate widely and look beyond traditional disciplines to further our mission. For more information on the open positions please visit our Job page

New Emmy Noether junior research group investigates severe fungal infections

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a new Emmy Noether junior research group at the Leib…

Malleicyprols is Leibniz drug of the year

Bacteria of the genus Burkholderia cause severe infections in humans and animals. Scientists at Lei…

Quorum Sensing and Planctomycetes for the Microverse

We are happy to announce that Kai Papenfort and Christian Jogler are strengthening our cluster resea…

New ribonucleic acid identified in cholera pathogen

A team led by the microbiologist Prof. Dr. Kai Papenfort from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena…

Cancer: Study suggests that gut microbiome can provide prognosis for therapy

Cancer patients respond differently to therapies. The success of the classical treatment methods pos…

Spider bite leads to new active compounds

The bite of a spider caused a severe inflammatory response and cost an Australian woman her forearm.…

Registration and Abstract Submission for the Microverse I Symposium open

The Joint International Symposium Microverse I - Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions will take p…

Axel Brakhage elected as senator at Leopoldina

Twelve years after his admission to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Prof. Axel B…

Upcoming Events

POSTPONED - Microbiology (ISSM) 2020 Conference

The International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) is made up of microbiologists, ecologists, geoscientists, and other researchers around the world fascinated by the various aspects of subsurface microbiology, a rapidly expanding field that focuses on microbial life below the surface of the earth.

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Rosensäle, Friedrich Schiller University

POSTPONED - Central German Meeting on Bioinformatics

Due to an invasion by mini-Orcs, the Mittelerde conference in Jena is postponed to the first half of 2021. Further details will follow soon!

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Lecture halls Carl-Zeiss-Str., Jena

International Symposium: Microverse I – Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions

The International Symposium “Microverse I – Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions” will be jointly organized by the Microverse Cluster and the collaborative research centers ChemBioSys and AquaDiva as well as the research association InfectControl.
The conference will bring together national and international scientists to discuss recent advances in microbial communication, host-microbiome interactions and environmental microbiomes.
We look forward to welcoming you in Jena for inspiring discussions and many new insights into the dynamic balance of microbial communities.

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Abstract submission

Virtual meeting

5th International Symposium: Image-based Systems Biology (Digital IbSB 2020)

Image-based Systems Biology is a modern approach that aims to extract spatio-temporal information contained in images in a form that it can be used to model morphological, functional and dynamical aspects of biological processes. Researchers from all fields are invited to communicate their results focused on Image-based Systems Biology in order to exchange novel scientific methods and to share recent achievements from image-driven research in biology. Joint studies of experiment and theory will be highly welcomed.

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