Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine

Curriculum vitae of Friedrich Götz

Education and professional experience

1968 - 1973 Study of Biology and Chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) München
1974 - 1978 Doctoral Thesis at LMU München, under Prof. Dr. K.H. Schleifer at the Department of Microbiology
1978 Received PhD
1985 Habilitation at the TU München on: "Development of a Host-Vector system in staphylococci"
1987 - 2015 Appointed professor for the chair "Microbial Genetics" at the University Tübingen
2015 - Endowed Senior-Professorship

Awards / Honors

1979/81 EMBO long term fellowship, Biomedical Center Uppsala
1989 DECHEMA award 1988 for developing a new cloning system in Staphylococcus carnosus
1991 DGHM Award 1990 for scientific works on microbial genetics
2003 - 2009 President and Vice president of the VAAM (association of general and applied microbiology)
2011 - Member of: European Academy of Microbiology (EAM)

Project Management, editorial work and consultant

2001 - 2010 Speaker of Graduate college 685 (DFG): Infection biology: human- and plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi
2006 - 2013 Coordinator of the Tübingen Group of Transregio SFB Greifswald Tübingen-Würzburg-Münster (TR34)

2000, 2004,

2008 - 2012

Member of DFG Panel 204 "Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology"
1992 - 2000 Editorials FEMS Microbiology Letters
1993 - 1999 Editorials Applied and Environmental Microbiology
2003 - 2006 Editorials "Molecular Microbiology"
2004 - Editorials "Medical Microbiology and Immunology"
2009 Co-founder of IMIT (Interfaculty Institute for Microbiology and Infectionmedicine Tübingen). This is the association of the former separated microbiological institutes at the Sience Faculty and the Medical Microbiology and Clinical Infectiology and Immunology. IMIT is Germanwide the first institute of this kind. It comprises 7 Full Professorships and several Assistant Professorships.
2011 Jodi Lindsay & Fritz Götz: Organizers of the Gordon Research Conference "Staphylococcal Diseases" Il Ciocco, Italy
2011 Ralph Bertram & Fritz Götz: Organizers of "How dead is dead II" Tübingen

Editorial boards

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • MicrobiologyOpen

Associate Editor

  • Emerging Microbes and Infections (EMI)
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism section in Frontiers in Microbiology


  • For national and international research institutions

Current research topic

Microbial Metabolism and communication with the host:

Interaction of bacteria with the immune and nervous system of mammals; new active substances and their mode of action.

Recent publication: Luqman, A., Muttaqin, M.Z., Yulaipi, S., Ebner, P., Matsuo, M., Zabel, S., Tribelli, P.M., Nieselt, K., Hidayati, D., and Götz, F. (2020) Trace amines produced by skin bacteria accelerate wound healing in mice. Commun Biol 3: 277.

Publications: > 380 peer reviewed Publications - h-factor 93

Citation indices All Since 2015
Citations 31400 10600
h-index 93 55
i10-index 292 211  (no. of citations with at least 10 citation)

Former PhD students and/or postdocs in academia:

Prof. Raja Biswas, Center for Nanoscience and Molecular Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kerala, India

Prof. Chih-Jung Chen, Department of Pediatric, Chang Gung Children’s Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Prof. Jiří Doškař, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

Prof. Qiang Gao, College of Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin, China

PD Christine Heilmann, Medical Microbiology, University Münster, Germany

Prof. Wolfgang Liebl, Technical University München, Germany

Prof. Per-Eric Lindgren, Div. Microbiology and Infection, Linköping University, Sweden

Dr. Minh Thu Nguyen, Inst Med Mikrobiol, Univ Klinik Münster, Germany

Dr. Michael Otto, Director, Pathogen Molecular Genetics Section, NIH, Washington D.C. USA

Prof. Andreas Peschel, Infection Biology Department, University Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Waldemar Vollmer, Bacterial Biochemistry, Newcastle University, UK

Ass. Prof. Wenqi Yu, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (CMMB), University of South Florida