Infection Research

This programme concentrates on the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development and course of infectious diseases. Knowledge of the interactions between hosts and pathogens provides a foundation for developing new prevention and treatment strategies.


Programme focuses include the study of newly emerging infectious diseases, the identification of new drugs to overcome pathogen resistance, the relationship between infection and age, as well as diagnostics for personalised therapies. An important role is played by post-infection diseases such as cancer, metabolic dysfunction, neurodegeneration and chronic infections. The programme also emphasises functional and integrative genomics, which in combination with systems biology research is expected to contribute to a better understanding of infection processes and drug function.



Participating Helmholtz Centres:

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

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