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Alexander von Humboldt professorship awarded to Microverse Researcher Bas Dutilh

Germany’s most valuable research award, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, was awarded to Bas E. Dutilh, the new professor for Viral Ecology in the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The FSU Jena received its first Humboldt professorship with Prof. Dutilh. With his research on metagenomics, bioinformatics and modelling that creates an significant impact in his field of research he has also recently been listed as "Highly Cited Researcher 2021".

The pangenome - key to new therapies

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Portrait: Rosalind Allen - new professor for Theoretical Microbial Ecology

"Jena is a hotbed of expertise about microbial interactions and I want to use mathematical models to…

Natural substances end single existance - in green algae

Bacterial marginolactones lead to aggregation of algal cells into gloeocapsoids. Marginolactones are…

North American Delegation

American delegation in Jena

A delegation from twelve renowned Canadian and US universities visited the University of Jena as par…

Small molecules with dual-function

A dual-function regulatory RNA couples Cholera toxin production with microbial metabolism. Researche…

Symbioses with bacterium protects fungus against nematode

Microbes united against the enemy

The symbiosis with a bacterium protects a fungus of the genus Mortierella from its predator - a nema…

Microfluidic droplets with cultivated bacteria (Sundar Hengoju, Leibniz-HKI)

Scientific American`s 60-Second Science: Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum on droplet-based microfluidics

This episode is dedicated to the search for new antibiotics using droplet-based microfluidics with o…

Science for listening: 57 clusters of excellence in joint podcast series on cutting-edge research in Germany

On September 1, 2021, the first episode of a podcast of the research clusters of excellence in Germa…

Upcoming Events

FSU Jena Mental Health Action Week

The Health Management team of the FSU Jena cordially invites you to attend a series of presentations and workshops e.g. for group leaders on how to support the wellbeing of team members, as well as personal accounts from academics and general information about mental health.

The full program can be found here.


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Internal Seminar

Subgroup: Plant microbiomes

Teresa Mayer, Matthew Agler

online via Zoom

MiCoCo with Chaitan Khosla

Prof. Chaitan Khosla | Stanford University - Title tba

online via Zoom

Internal Seminar

Guest speaker

Prof. Oskar Hallatschek (University of Leipzig / University of California, Berkeley)

online via Zoom

Internal Seminar

New Microverse Professorship "Theoretical Microbial Ecology"

Rosalind Allen

online via Zoom

Internal Seminar

Subgroups: Gut microbiome/critically ill patients

Emma King, Sebastian Weis

Elisa Jentho, Miguel Soares, Michael Bauer

online via Zoom

Internal Seminar

Guest speaker

Prof. Ignacio Rubio (Jena University Hospital)


Subgroup: Gut microbiome/critically ill patients

Malte Siemers, Kai Papenfort

Berlin - Hotel Aquino, Hannoversche Straße 5b

Frontiers in Host-Microbiota Symbiotic Interactions Symposium

This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes communicate with the host, the factors that influence these interactions, and discuss the new developments enabled by metagenomics, metabolomics, single-cell sequencing, and other technologies. Researchers interested in the impact of the microbiota and its products on disease susceptibility and resistance are cordially invited to submit an abstract and consider applying for the "short-Talk" or poster format. Participation as an attendee is also possible.


Abstract submission is possible until October 15, 2021, and registration is open until November 15, 2021.

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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!