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DFG: Research Training Group 1870 “Bacterial Respiratory Infections” (BacRes)

Respiratory infections pose a threat to the health of the population worldwide. Within the RTG 1870 “Bacterial Respiratory Infections - Common and Specific Mechanisms of Pathogen Adaptation and Immune Defence” (BacRes) scientists of the University Greifswald carry out research projects on three versatile respiratory pathogens: Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococci), Staphylococcus aureus and Burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacteria can harmlessly colonize the nasopharynx, but also cause serious respiratory and invasive infections whose therapy poses huge problems, not least because of frequent antibiotic resistance of these pathogens. A better understanding of the potential of these bacteria to adapt to different environments in the human host and to evade the immune defense is urgently needed in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies and effective vaccines. This requires interdisciplinary research approaches and state-of-the-art experimental methods. Scientists of the UMG from infection biology, microbiology, immunology, functional genomics and bioinformatics closely collaborate with Dutch research partners in this RTG.


Prof. Dr. Sven Hammerschmidt
Interfaculty Institute for Genetics and Functional Genomics
Department of Microbial Genetics
Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 15a
17487 Greifswald

E-Mail: sven.hammerschmidtuni-greifswaldde
Phone: +49 3834 86-4161