Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine

Curriculum vitae of Friedrich Götz

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Götz

Senior professorship

Head of Microbial Genetics

Interfaculty Institute for Microbiology and Infection-medicine Tübingen (IMIT)

University Tübingen-Germany


Education and professional experience

1968 - 1973

Biology and Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) München,

1974 - 1978

Department of Microbiology, Ph.D., LMU München


Habilitation at the TU München (Prof. Dr. K-H. Schleifer)

1987 - 2015

Appointed professor and chair of "Microbial Genetics" at the University Tübingen

2015 - 

Senior professor of "Microbial Genetics" at the University Tübingen

Awards / Honors


EMBO long term fellowship, Biomedical Center Uppsala


DECHEMA award for developing a new cloning system in Staphylococcus carnosus


DGHM award for scientific work in microbial genetics

1994 Offered Chair in Microbiology at University Göttingen (Succession of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Günter Schlegel)


President and Vice president of the VAAM (association of general and applied microbiology)


DGHM Lecturer Award; Co-founder of the IMIT (Interfaculty Institute for Microbiology and Infection-medicine Tübingen)


Member of European Academy of Microbiology (EAM)

2018- Member of the Cluster of Excellence - CMFI
2020- Visiting Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS)

Project Management, editorial work and consultant






Speaker of Graduate college 685 (DFG): Infection biology: human and plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi, 2010-2011

Coordinator of the Tübingen Group of Transregio SFB Greifswald Tübingen-Würzburg-Münster (TR34), 2006-2013

Member of DFG Panel 204 "Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology", 2008-2012

Organizers of the Gordon Research Conference "Staphylococcal Diseases" Il Ciocco, Italy, 2011





"Molecular Microbiology", 1993-1999

"Applied and Environmental Microbiology", 2003-2006

"Medical Microbiology and Immunology", 2004-now

Associate Editor, "Emerging Microbes and Infections" (EMI)

Associate Editor, "Microbial Physiology and Metabolism section in Frontiers in Microbiology"

Advisory Board

2020 - Currently member of advisory boards of three larger international research institutionsCurrently of three larger research institutions

Current research topics

He is a leading scientist in microbiology and infection biology. The current objectives of his research are: The physiology of staphylococci, lipoproteins as key players in immune response and virulence, analysis of new antimicrobial compounds and bacterial-derived effector molecules and their interaction with the host. Currently he is studying how commensal bacteria on the skin overcome the immunological barriers of, how they can survive in the host, and how they control human cell's proliferation, motility and immune response. The bacterial influence on skin even goes so far that they are able to accelerate wound healing through their secreted effectors. This was also one of the recent scientific breakthroughs, namely, to demonstrate that many members of the skin microbiota and even gut microbiota secrete neurotransmitters that interact with adrenergic receptors of host cells to interfere with their metabolism. The commensal microbiota is important for human health. But we know too little about it.

Academic roles

He is working for many microbiology/immunology related journals as reviewer and as associate editor and is consultant for various national and international research institutions. He supervised > 120 PhD students and postdocs, >15 obtained a professorship.


He has published > 380 peer-reviewed publications, which have been > 37000 times cited. h-index = 99. (More details can be found at: