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.
Small RNA as a Central Player in Infections
Helicobacter pylori uses several “virulence” factors that allow it to survive in the stomach and can lead to the development of disease. Professor Cynthia Sharma's research team report that multiple of these factors are centrally regulated by a small RNA molecule called NikS. read more...
JMU PhD award for Dr. Mona Alzheimer
Many congratulations to Dr. Mona Alzheimer (AG Sharma), who has been awarded the 2020 joint PhD award of the Lower Franconian Memorial Year Foundation for Science and the University of Würzburg for her PhD thesis on “Development of tissue-engineered three-dimensional infection models to study pathogenesis of Campylobacter jejuni”. read more...