Molecular Infection Biology

Gastrointestinal infections are counted among the most common types of infectious diseases worldwide. In particular in developing countries, diarrhoeal diseases are still a leading course of death. Indeveloped countries, diarrhoeal diseases are under better control, but they still represent a very common affliction, especially among children and the elderly. Among the most important bacterial pathogens of food-animal origin are Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, and enteropathogenic Yersinia species. Their primary route of transmission from animals to humans is through contaminated food. Once inside our bodies, they trigger an impressive range of different intestinal disorders from diarrhoea to acute infections of the small and large intestines – at times with severe consequences! Our primary focus is on Yersinia. We study the ways in which these bacteria adhere to the intestinal epithelium, penetrate it, and ultimately spread within the host.



Ines Vollmer

PhD Student

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Employment

* October 2011 - January 2015

Bachelor of Science in Life Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover

BSc thesis at the Institute for Plant Genetics (Dr. Thomas Reinard) "Analysis of different expression vectors by transient transformation of Nicotiana benthamiana und Lactuca sativa"

* October 2013 - July 2014

Student assistant, Institute for Plant Genetics (Dr. Thomas Reinard), Leibniz Universität Hannover

* February 2015 - July 2015

Internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Department of Molecular Infection Biology (Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch)

* September 2015 - September 2016

Master of Science in Infection Biology, Unversity of Glasgow

MSc thesis at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (Dr. Andrew Roe) "Role of the host metabolite D-serine in the regulation of virulence in uropathogenic E. coli"

* since October 2016

PhD student at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Department of Molecular Infection Biology (Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch)


Audio Podcast

  • Bakterien mit Thermometer - Vom Kühlschrank in den KörperYersinien machen uns Bauchschmerzen. Wenn wir die Bakterien mit verseuchtem Fleisch zu uns nehmen, infizieren sie unsere Darmzellen und vermehren sich. Aber wie wissen die Yersinien, dass sie nicht mehr in der vergammelten Wurst sind sondern in unserem Körper? Die Antwort ist simpel: Die Bakterien haben ein Thermometer. Hören Sie zu, wie das funktioniert...
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