Cell Biology

Recent reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO) entitled "The Global Burden of Disease" (GBD) highlights the importance of research on host-pathogen interactions. Evolution is an ongoing process driving the development of highly virulent and multi-resistant bacteria strains or so called “emerging pathogens“. A deeper understanding of the complex interaction between pathogenic bacteria and their host is inevitable to face these problems in the future. 

As Cell biologists, we address host-pathogen interaction on the level of single cells, embodying the smallest living unit on both sides. Upon contact, pathogens need to manipulate the normal behavior of host cells in order to establish a niche for survival and to evade the hosts defense mechanisms. We study these induced changes on the cellular and molecular level, in order to exactly understand which host process is targeted by a given virulence mechanism an why.

    Jessica Halfen

    Jessica Halfen

    PhD Student

    +49 531 6181-3135


    Curriculum Vitae

    • 2000 - 2009
      Kurfürst-Balduin-Gymnasium Münstermaifeld, Degree: A-level
    • October 2009 - March 2012
      Studies in Biology at the TU Braunschweig, Degree: Bachelor of Science
    • 2012 - 2014
      Studies in Biology at the TU Braunschweig, degree: Master of Science
      - Studies abroad at the University of Idaho, USA
      - Masterarbeit at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in the Department of Molecular Infection Biology of  Prof Dr Petra Dersch
    • since October 2014
      PhD at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in the Department of Cell Biology of Prof Dr Theresia Stradal


  • Prof Dr Theresia Stradal

    Theresia Stradal

    Head of Department

    +49 531 6181-2900

    +49 531 6181-2655


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