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.

Team

    Maria Pimenova

    Maria Pimenova

    PhD Student

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    Curriculum Vitae

    Date of birth

    9 May 1988 in Moskow

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    Education and Employment

    * 2005 - 2010

    Studies in Biology und Microbiology at the Lomonossov University Moskow, Diploma

    * 2010 - 2011

    Promotional studies at the Lomonossov University Moskow

    * April 2012 - April 2014

    Master studies in Biology at the TU Braunschweig, Focus: Infection Biology and Microbiology

    * August 2013 - April 2014

    Master thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in the Department of Molecular Infection Biology of Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch

    * since May 2014

    PhD thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in the Department of Molecular Infection Biology of Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch

Leader

  • Prof Dr Petra Dersch

    Petra Dersch

    Head of the Department Molecular Infection Biology

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Audio Podcast

  • Bakterien mit Thermometer - Vom Kühlschrank in den Körper
    Yersinien 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...