Microbial Interactions and Processes

Microorganisms in the environment are living in complex and interacting communities. Also the surfaces of the human body are inhabited by microorganisms, where the bacterial cell number significantly exceeds that of the human cells. These communities have co-evolved with the human host and are important for human health. They can, however, also be a reservoir for pathogenic microorganisms.


Research Projects

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Finished Projects

  • Molecular Approaches and MetaGenomic Investigations for optimizing Clean-up of PAH contaminated site : MAGICPAH
  • The Skin - barrier and target to Staphylococcus aureus: from colonization to invasive infection: STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS
  • The Microbiota of the Human Nose Habitats - Metagenomic Analyses of their Composition and Dynamics: HUMAN NOSE HABITATS
  • Bacterial abiotic cellular stress and survival improvement network: BACSIN
  • Pathogenicity and Biotechnology (3d phase): PSEUDOMONAS
  • Biotool EC project : STREP
  • Adaptation of Microbial Communities to Organic Contaminants in Oligotrophic Aquifers: AMICO
  • Molecular Tools for Assessing the Bioremediation Potential in Organohalogen Contaminated Sites: MAROC
  • Innovative approaches to understand complex microbial communities for eco-engineering the degradation of herbicides in stressed agricultural soils: ACCESS
  • Rational design of formatted catabolic segments for engineering superior bacterial biocatalysts for degradation of chloro- and nitroaromatics: BIO4-CT972040
  • Improving Outcome of Necrotizing Fasciitis: Elucidation of Complex Host & Pathogen Signatures that Dictate Severity of Tissue Infection, EU-FP7-HEALTH: INFECT
  • Aging and Metabolic Programming: AMPRO
  • Prediction of Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis (EONS) in pregnant women with Preterm Premature Rupture of membranes (PPROM) by vaginal microbiome analysis: PEONS PILOT TRIAL

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Audio Podcast

  • Staphylococcus aureus – der Feind in meiner NaseEin kräftiger Nieser und der Luftdruck katapultiert Millionen von Bakterien aus unserer Nase. Auch wenn wir keinen Schnupfen haben. Ein häufiger Nasenbewohner ist Staphylococcus aureus und wenn der mit dem Luftstoß zufällig auf eine Wunde trifft, haben wir ein Problem… Dietmar Pieper und sein Team wollen wissen, wer noch so alles in unserer Nase lebt – und was wir gegen unerwünschte Bewohner wie Staphylococcus aureus unternehmen können.
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