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.
Leap forward in the fight against antibiotic resistance
HIRI and IMIB researchers succeed in deep sequencing RNA of single bacteria. The study was published in the journal Nature Microbiology.
Bacteria show a wide range of capabilities in withstanding antibiotic treatment or attack by our immune system, which are great challenges in infection research. Now, a collaboration between scientists at the IMIB and the Würzburg-based Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) have developed a novel approach to reading the activity of hundreds of genes in an individual bacterium by sequencing its RNA