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Portrait: Ute Hellmich - new professor for Biostructural Interactions

"A luxury to work at such a broad-based university".   Prof. Hellmich complements the Microverse Cluster with her expertise in structural biology and studies of the functional dynamics of proteins from microorganisms to man.

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…

Arts & Science Residency: Genesis of an Artistic Fact

In summer 2021 scientists and artists come together for a unique exchange between the disciplines. T…


Three Collaborative Research Centres receive further funding

The three Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) AquaDiva, FungiNet and Polytarget – all thematically …

hertweck_jung price

Christian Hertweck received Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2021

Metabolic products of microorganisms from which new antibiotics can be developed - this is one of th…

German Center for Mental Health in Central Germany gets funded

Mental health is a precious commodity. Every year, almost 18 million adults in Germany are affected …

Alliance of defense: bacteria join forces against a common enemy

Two bacterial species cooperate chemically with each other to fight off amoebae that generally consu…

Upcoming Events

Online Symposium

6th International Symposium on Systems Biology of Microbial Infections

The systems biology of microbial infection aims to understand the interaction between hosts and pathogens by the integrative combination of experiment and theory. The focus of this symposium is on the interaction between the immune systems of humans or animals and bacterial of fungal pathogens.

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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!