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.

October 2021
"Falling Walls" 2021: Cynthia Sharma
and Chase Beisel awarded in life sciences category
Cynthia Sharma (IMIB) and Chase Beisel (Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research, HIRI) are among the shortlist winners of this year's "Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year." Their joint research on CRISPR, the revolutionary gene scissors that are part of bacteria's natural immune system, has made a breakthrough in diagnostics through the development of a new diagnostic platform called LEOPARD. read more...