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Molecular Bacteriology

Hospital-acquired infections are a major challenge and cause suffering, incapacity and death. In many cases the pathogens are resistant to antibiotics and, therefore, very difficult to combat. Read more about how bacteria join forces and what the researchers can do to avoid that. The group Molecular Bacteriology is based at the HZI and the TWINCORE in Hannover.

Leader

Prof Dr Susanne Häußler

How do bacteria form biofilms and protect themselves from the immune system and antibiotic activity? As a medical doctor I have a special interest in these aspects – with the ultimate goal to translate scientific findings into clinical applications.

Susanne Häußler

Susanne Häußler

Susanne Häußler studied human medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Lübeck and at the Medical School Hannover (MHH), where she obtained her doctorate (Dr. med.) in 1995. Afterwards, she worked in the field of internal medicine in a hospital in Vechta for one year and started specializing in the field of medical microbiology and infection epidemiology at the department of medical microbiology at the MHH. In 2002, Susanne Häußler finished her specialization and she completed her habilitation thesis in 2004.

Her research interests are in the area of the pathogenicity of acute and chronic  Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. From 2003 to 2004, she worked on that topic as a project leader in the department of Cell and Immune Biology at the German Research Centre for Biotechnology (GBF). From 2005 to 2012 she was the head of the junior group "Chronic Pseudomonas Infections" at the GBF (since 2006 Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, HZI) with a close connection to the MHH.

In January 2009, Susanne Häußler additionally followed a call for the W2 professorship "Pathophysiology of Bacterial Biofilms" of the MHH at TWINCORE, Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research in Hannover. Since 2012 she is the head of the department "Molecular Bacteriology" at the HZI and full professor at the MHH.

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  • Wehrhafte BiofilmeEin Bakterium kommt selten allein; wenn es erst hinreichend viele sind, schließen sie sich zu Lebensgemeinschaften zusammen: Biofilmen. Und diese Biofilme verteidigen sich gegen Angreifer mit chemischen Waffen. Lassen Sie sich von dem Wissenschaftler Carsten Matz in die Welt der Biofilme mitnehmen.
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