The focus of our work is the study and investigation of pathogens which are medically relevant or can be used as models for researching infection mechanisms.
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Around 700 employees in research, administration and infrastructure, and about 140 visiting scientists from 40 different countries are employed at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.
Our scientists pursue research to expand our knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms behind medically relevant infectious diseases.
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Approximately 32,000 to 40,000 people in Germany are suffering from sarcoidosis. This disease usually manifests in the form of nodular tissue changes and mainly affects the lungs. There are two forms of the disease, acute and chronic sarcoidosis, but the cause has not been elucidated for either form. Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig...
Mitochondria are the power plants of cells. They control the production of energy and initiate various central cellular processes. If they become non-functional, this can cause or favour a number of diseases. These diseases are mainly of a neurological or muscular type, but include ageing processes as well. Systems biologists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in...
Today, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) celebrates its topping out ceremony on the DESY Campus in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Hamburg’s Scientific Senator, Katharina Fegebank, Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher from the German federal government, Schleswig-Holstein’s Scientific Minister, Kristin Alheit and Chairman of the DESY directorate Professor Helmut Dosch and other representatives...
The German National Academy of Science Leopoldina accolades Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, head of the Regulation in Infection Biology department of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, with the Carus-Prize for her exceptional work regarding the CRISPR-Cas9 technology.
Charpentier and her team deciphered the CRISPR-Cas9 mechanism, harnessed as a genome...
Antibodies are protein molecules that are produced by the body to fight pathogens. Their formation basically follows the principle of evolution. The best candidates are selected and optimised further in multiple rounds of competition. Some aspects of antibody formation will be elucidated more closely by a team of researchers from the USA, England, Australia and Germany. This work will be...
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