Welcome to IMIB
The Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) is an interdisciplinary research institution of the Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg, with strong links to the Faculty of Biology. Members of the institute investigate fundamental biological problems and molecular mechanisms, with a focus on pathogens and infectious disease processes. IMIB research involves studies of bacteria, parasites and fungi, as well as their eukaryotic host, and ranges from bacterial and eukaryotic cell biology and immunology to fundamental aspects of gene regulation and RNA biology. Furthermore, the institute is home to the four groups of the prestigious ZINF Young Investigator program of the interfaculty Research Center for Infectious Disease Research (ZINF) in Würzburg. Our scientists lecture university seminars and practical courses to biology, medical and dental students. Education of graduate students is valued at IMIB, and the institute is an active member of the international Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) of the university. Following the successful start of IMIB in 1993 with Prof. Jörg Hacker as the founding director, Prof. Jörg Vogel has been chair of the institute since 2009.
New Salmonella proteins discovered
Only one small protein needs to be missing and salmonellae are no longer infectious. This was discovered in a study in which the pathogens were re-analysed using bioinformatics. The Würzburg laboratories of the Professors Jörg Vogel, Cynthia Sharma, Alexander Westermann, and Lars Barquist were involved in the study. read more...
Coinfection: More than the sum of its parts
Würzburg researchers and partners establish new technology to unravel genetic changes during infection with two different pathogens
Infections with two pathogens pose a serious threat in the clinics. Researchers from Würzburg and Jena have developed a technique that provides new insights into this process and can be used as an early warning system. The research results have now been published in the journal Cell Reports. read more...