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Microbiology and Virology

  • Photo: Jürgen Kneifel, Hessen schafft Wissen

  • Photo: Anna Schroll, Hessen schafft Wissen

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    Photo: Jürgen Kneifel, Hessen schafft Wissen
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    Photo: Jürgen Kneifel, Hessen schafft Wissen
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Short Description

This Campus Research Focus pools the molecular, ecological and medical expertise in microbiology, virology and parasitology of the universities of Giessen and Marburg and the THM University of Applied Sciences, with the cooperation partners Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Paul Ehrlich Institute in Langen and the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg.

In microbiology, the interdisciplinary field of research addresses the entire spectrum of microorganisms with their ecology, pathogenesis, genetics and evolution as well as the pioneering topics of synthetic microbiology and recycling processes.

In virology the focus is on the deciphering of the molecular mechanisms of common viral diseases such as influenza on the one hand and emerging diseases caused by Ebola- or MERS coronavirus on the other.

Parasitology research concentrates on malaria and schistosomiasis, as well as infection models and the development of active agents and vaccines.

All areas involved in this Campus Research Focus aim to obtain a basic mechanistic understanding of microbes and viruses from the molecular and cellular level via microbiotic communities all the way through to preclinical models. In this context, the researchers are particularly interested in identifying overarching strategies that microbes and viruses use, and seeing how they interact – with each other and with the host. The focus of the translational research here is on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, the utilisation of microorganisms, the improvement of technologies in the pharmaceutics industry, the agricultural sciences and the chemicals industry.

These approaches of basic and translational research lead to close cooperation with the campus research areas "Infection and Inflammation Research”, "Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources”, "Biomedical Informatics and E-Health” and "Lung and Heart Medicine”, as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Bioresources currently being established.

Successful Joint Research
  • DFG Research Training Group RTG 2355: Regulatory networks in the mRNA life cycle: from coding to noncoding RNAs
    Funding Period: 2018 to 2022
  • ECFexpress in ERASynBio, An Orthogonal, Organism-independent Expression Platform Based on Extractoplasmic Function (ECF) Sigma Factors
    Prof. A. Becker/UMR, Dr. Georg Fritz/UMR & Prof. A. Goesmann/JLU; UMR, JLU, researchers from the UK, Austria, and the USA
    Funding period: 2015 to 2017
Research Infrastructure
Research Environment
  • German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF); the Justus Liebig University, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut Langen form the DZIF-site Gießen-Marburg-Langen; speaker Trinad Chakraborty (JLU), deputy speaker Stephan Becker (UMR)
Participating Researchers