"Good to see both sides"


    Oumou Maiga-Ascofaré is currently working as a research fellow at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg and at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Kumasi, Ghana. Her work is partially supported by DZIF. We met Oumou at a DZIF workshop of the African Partner Institutions in Tanzania and asked her about her work and her life among different cultures.more ]


    Between hospital and research


    Christina Zielinski always wanted to become a doctor, but then research got hold of her, or, more precisely, human T cells did. Christina Zielinski has been focusing on these major players in the immune system since her PhD thesis—while she was undergoing specialist dermatology and allergy training and when she became a certified medical specialist. For about a year, the physician and scientist has been a DZIF professor at the TU Munich. Her specialty: immunodiagnostics of infectious diseases. more ]

  • 13 December 2015 - PORTRAIT MICHAEL HÖLSCHER

    Research career between Munich and Africa


    Michael Hölscher has had an interest in Africa from the start, and it has never left him: his career path started in Tanzania over 20 years ago. The research fields HIV and tuberculosis have been on his agenda ever since, and he co-coordinates them both at the DZIF. With his focus on both research and therapy, he embodies a “clinical scientist” like no other. Last year, Hölscher took on a DZIF Professorship for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at the Medical Center of the University of Munich, and soon after also headed the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine there.more ]

  • 26 October 2015 - PORTRAIT ALEXANDER TITZ

    Drug design: Making sugar molecules aggressive

    Alexander Titz

    Breaking down bacterial biofilms in order to lure the pathogens out of hiding is one of chemist Dr Alexander Titz’s goals. The junior research group leader from the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) develops substances that target this bacterial protective wall. His most promising candidates include chemically modified sugar molecules. more ]


    “Humanitarian aid is not haphazard work done by over-motivated cowboys”

    Günter Fröschl

    DZIF infectious disease and tropical medicine specialist Günter Fröschl (42), from Munich, spent two months in Liberia from December last year, to help with the largest Ebola epidemic seen to date. Meanwhile, a wave of relief has swept through people on the ground: the last recorded Ebola patient in the country has just been discharged from hospital. However, the epidemic in West Africa is far from over. We spoke to Günter Fröschl about his work in the crisis region:more ]

  • 27 February 2015 - INTERVIEW

    Tuberculosis treatment: Multidrug-resistance is a major challenge

    Niemann 116 neu

    In the journal The Lancet, DZIF researchers from the Research Center Borstel and their colleagues from England and South Africa make the case for optimising tuberculosis drug development. They recommend more and earlier consideration of potential resistance mechanisms. Co-author Stefan Niemann explains which problems need to be solved.more ]

  • 13 February 2015 - PORTRAIT MARK BRÖNSTRUP

    When disciplines merge

    Mark Brönstrup

    From chemistry to biology to medicine—during the course of his career, Mark Brönstrup repeatedly crossed the boundaries between these disciplines. So it comes as no surprise that today he is head of the Department of Chemical Biology at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI). Beyond this, he has been paving the way for new drugs against infectious diseases as a DZIF professor since the beginning of this year. more ]

  • 04 November 2014 - PORTRAIT ULRICH NÜBEL

    AAGGCTC – What genes reveal

    Ulrich Nübel: DZIF-Professor in Braunschweig

    For the population geneticist Ulrich Nübel almost everything revolves around gene sequences of bacterial strains. The scientist obtains a lot of information through analysing them. Since 1 June 2014, Prof Ulrich Nübel has been bringing this expertise to the DZIF with his professorship “Microbial Genome Research”, established together with the TU Braunschweig and also located in Braunschweig at the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ). more ]


    Two Approaches – One Goal

    Leo Timo 162

    One of them speaks of “treasures, waiting to be found” while the other focuses on new “compounds”,  but both Timo Niedermeyer and Leonard Kaysser mean the same thing and have a mutual goal: As recently appointed assistant professors at the DZIF Thematic Translational Unit (TTU) “Novel Anti-infectives”, they both want to discover new natural agents against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Both researchers have been working for the DZIF at the University of Tübingen since November 2013. more ]

  • 09 April 2014 - PROFILE STEPHAN URBAN

    First Professor of Translational Virology

    DZIF-Professor Stephan Urban

    Since 1 April 2014 Stephan Urban has been holding the first DZIF professorship for "Translational Virology" in Heidelberg. more ]

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