Jörg Vogel, Director

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.

February 2021
Orthogonal approaches are needed to identify the full targetome of a bacterial sRNA

The sRNA PinT helps Salmonella time its virulence expression along the infection cycle. This new study was led by the Würzburg laboratories of Jörg Vogel and Alexander Westermann. read more...


January 2021
Jörg Vogel, again honoured as "highly cited researcher"

Jörg Vogel, founding director of the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) and director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), is one of the most frequently cited researchers in his field. This is the result of an analysis published by Clarivate Analytics, a company specializing in citation data. read more...