A genome contains all the information that is needed to build an organism like, for instance, a bacterium. One of functional genomics’ central questions is: How are these blueprints implemented so that relatively simple molecular codes ultimately give rise to a microorganism with the potential of getting us sick? What are some of the underlying mechanisms and under what conditions do they become activated?
Prof Dr Susanne Engelmann
“With the help of bacterial genome sequences, a given bacterium’s genetic blueprint is practically handed to us. Its complexity and variability never cease to amaze us and continue to inspire new research questions.”
Susanne Engelmann studied biology at the University of Greifswald, earning her Ph.D. at the Institute for Microbiology. In 2001, she became head of the Pathogenomics research unit at the University of Greifswald Institute for Microbiology and, in 2013, was appointed Professor of Microbial Proteome Research at Braunschweig University of Technology. Concurrently, she also holds an appointment as head of the HZI’s Microbial Proteomics Research Group.