Microbial Immune Regulation

The microbiota encompasses a diverse population of microorganisms that colonize many body sites such as skin and intestine of multicellular hosts. The composition of the microbiota in humans is highly variable and is influenced by nutrition, immune competence, illness and use of medication (especially antibiotics). We are interested to enhance our understanding on how these microbial communities affect human infectious diseases and how they can be manipulated to treat diseases.


Prof Dr Till Strowig

Humans are carriers of diverse microbial ecosystems that influence our daily life. To understand our interactions with these ecosystems we need model systems that allow experimental manipulations of both the host and the microbes.

Till Strowig

Till Strowig studied Medical Biotechnology at the “Technische Universität” Berlin. After his diploma thesis at The Rockefeller University in New York, he remained there for his Ph.D. thesis supported by a fellowship from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. He continued his scientific training in the laboratory of Richard Flavell at Yale University supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since June 2013, Till Strowig is heading the Young Investigator Group “Microbial Immune Regulation“ at the HZI, which has grown into the department of the same name since February 2019.

Audio Podcast

  • Mit Mäusekot gegen Morbus Crohn – neue Wege gegen chronisch-entzündliche DarmerkrankungenEntzündliche Darmerkrankungen bedeuten großes Leid für die Patienten, sind kaum behandelbar und bisher wissen weder Ärzte noch Forscher, wie es dazu kommt, dass allein in Deutschland etwa 300.000 Menschen an Krankheiten wie Morbus Crohn und Colitis Ulcerosa leiden. Wissenschaftler am HZI suchen in den Bakteriengemeinschaften, die im Darm leben nach Antworten. Begleiten Sie Till Strowig ins Labor und hören Sie zu, wie er ein Probenröhrchen voll Mäusekot für die Forschung homogenisiert…
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