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Molecular Bacteriology

Hospital germs are a huge problem - despite controlled hygiene numerous patients capture so-called hospital acquired infections in addition to their actual disease. 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 TWINCORE in Hannover.


Prof Dr Susanne Häußler

How do bacteria form biofilms and protect themselves of the immune system and antibiotics? As a medical doctor it has a special meaning to me to find out those aspects – with research close to the disease.

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 passed her PhD in 1995. Afterwards, she worked in the field of internal medicine in a hospital in Vechta for one year and then started an education to become a specialist at the department of medical microbiology of the MHH. In 2002, Susanne Häußler finished her education and two years later completed her habilitation thesis in medical microbiology.

Her special interest applies to the development and combat of chronic infections with the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 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.


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Audio Podcast

  • 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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