Staff Magazine "InFact"

For many years the InFact has been the staff magazine of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and has been an integral part of the internal communication. Since 2017, the magazine is also available on the HZI homepage for everyone who is interested. In reports, interviews and portraits, HZI employees inform about research projects, the research strategy and the people at the various HZI locations. Have fun reading the InFact!


Dear readers,

many of us consider bacteria to be harmful pathogens - and nothing else. But, in fact, microbes do not deserve their bad image, since most species are not harmful to humans at all - quite the contrary: We now know that many species are beneficial. This changes our view of bacteria radically. No longer is our relationship to bacteria dominated by having to fight against them - as was the case in the times of the renowned microbiologist, Robert Koch. But a small number of bacterial species still manage to make us ill - e.g. Helicobacter pylori, featured on the title page: This pathogen can colonise the stomach by neutralising the gastric acid in its immediate vicinity. Read our title story to learn about the tricks used by other bacteria.

By now, the Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology BRICS, a cooperation project of the HZI and the Technische Universität Braunschweig has been in operation for nearly two years. In our interview, BRICS speaker Dieter Jahn describes the close partnership between the HZI and the University.

I hope you will enjoy reading the magazine and I look forward to your suggestions!

Andreas Fischer

Issue No. 01/2018

Cover page of HZI staff magazine "InFact", issue 01/2018 © HZI
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