Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine



FG's h-index reached 100 - and citations > 37000.


'Paper of the Month' became Microbiology Spectrum paper on: "Staphylococcus aureus Genomes Harbor Only MpsAB-Like Bicarbonate Transporter but Not Carbonic Anhydrase as Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Supply System" by the DGHM Commission.


Accepted mBio manuscript "The molecular basis of rhodomyrtone resistance in Staphylococcus aureus" was well received by the Chief Editor Arturo Casadevall: "Thank you for contributing such outstanding work". He also recommended to submit a Featured Image for the issue.


Dr. Li Huang, 2-year SCS-supported PhD fellow at Microbial Genetics, received lecturer position at Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, China.


Dr. Samane Rahmdel, Assistant Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, could be recruited as postdoc.


Sakkarin Lethongkam from Prof. Supayang Voravuthikunchai, Centre of Excellence, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand - received governmental fellowship to complete the 5th year of his PhD at Microbial Genetics.


Nigna Li from Shandong University, received 4-year PhD grant from CSC to perform her PhD at Microbial Genetics.


Promotion: Dr Lalitha Biswas became Associate Professor and Dr. Raja Biswas Full Professor at Amrita University, India. Both performed their PhD work at Microbial Genetics.


Dr. Sook-Ha Fan, DAAD-fellow and postdoc in my group received research position at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, with Prof. Arnold S. Bayer, Distinguished Professor of Medicine. She was working on the essential CO2/bicarbonate transporter MpsAB in Staphylococcus aureus.


CMFI Collaborative Research Grant proposal approved


Sibgha Tayyab (MSc), DAAD-stipendiate from Pakistan started with her PhD.


FG received research grant from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt


DFG-research application rejected. The application on "Trace amine (TA) producing bacteria are part of the human microbiota: Effect of TA on the bacterial community and the host". This rejection, mainly based on 'no focus', was a major setback in the stream of studying the importance of microbiota-produced neuromodulators for the peripheral and central nervous system. The application was based on 4 ground-braking publications in renowned journals. Germany could have played a pioneering role in Microbiome-Brain Axis. Now this opportunity has been lost.


"Staphylococcus aureus lipoproteins promote abscess formation in mice, shielding bacteria from immune killing" was published in Commun Biol. This is already the sixth joint publication with Prof. Tao Jin (Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden), with whom a highly fruitful collaboration has been established.


Honorary Visiting Professor the title was bestowed to FG by the Shiras University of Medical Sciences (SUMS). The goal of this cooperation agreement is to maintain scientific contact with a country that has become politically isolated. In Winter-Term 2020/21, FG gave a 30-hour online lecture 'From Gene to Protein and Regulation' for microbiology students at Tübingen and Shiraz University.


Dr. Arif Luqman since 2014 PhD student (supported by the Indonesian Goveronment) and postdoc at Microbial Genetics, became Assistant Professor at the Biology Department, Institute Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia.


"Trace amines produced by skin bacteria accelerate wound healing in mice" was published in Commun Biol.


'Paper of the Month' became the Nat Communication paper on "MpsAB is important for Staphylococcus aureus virulence and growth at atmospheric CO2 levels" MpsAB was first described by us in 2015 in frame of an SFB-TR34 supported project. Now it turns out that MpsAB represents an essential CO2/bicarbonate transporter in many bacterial species.


Subproject A04 in DFG TRR261 proposal approved


"The YIN and YANG of lipoproteins in developing and preventing infectious arthritis by Staphylococcus aureus" published in PloS Pathog.