Research Groups

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Research at the Microbiology Section focuses on bacterial regulation mechanisms e.g. in Bacillus subtilis, Campylobacter jejuni, Corynebacterium glutamicum, Helicobacter pylori and Mycobacterium smegmatis. It spans from host/pathogen interactions, analyses of regulatory signaling networks and expression analyses to molecular aspects of protein/DNA, protein/protein or protein/ligand interactions. Furthermore, the inducible control of gene expression in eukaryotes is investigated.

  • General host/pathogen interactions (S. Backert, A. Burkovski, N. Tegtmeyer)
  • Structure and Function of the H. pylori cag type IV secretion system (S. Backert)
  • Serine proteases as novel virulence dominants in bacteria (S. Backert)
  • Phosphorylation and signaling of bacterial effector proteins (N. Tegtmeyer)
  • Involvement of cortactin in pathogenicity associated processes (N. Tegtmeyer)
  • Novel Helicobacter species (S. Backert)
  • Nitrogen metabolism and regulation in corynebacteria and mycobacteria (A. Burkovski)
  • Catabolite regulation in Bacillus subtilis (G. Seidel)
  • Inducible control of eukaryotic gene expression by using the bacterial TetR (C. Berens)

 

Groups

Prof. Dr. S. Backert

  • Serine protease HtrA
  • Structure and function of the H. pylori cag type IV secretion system
  • Identification and characterization of novel Helicobacter species in mammals

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Prof. A. Burkovski

  • Nitrogen metabolism and regulation
  • Host/pathogen interaction

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Dr. N. Tegtmeyer

  • Phosphorylation and signaling of bacterial effector proteins
  • Involvement of cortactin in pathogenicity associated processes

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Dr. M. Böhm

  • Host cell invasion by Campylobacter jejuni

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Dr. G. Seidel

  • Catabolite regulation in Bacillus subtilis

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Dr. C. Berens (Bis 2014)

  • Inducible control of gene expression in eukaryotes
  • RNA mediated regulation
  • Salmonella pathogenicity regulation

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