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Cluster of Excellence “Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections” (CMFI)

News

Solving Problems of Today: CMFI Researchers Receive Technology Transfer Award
04.07.2024 Solving Problems of Today: CMFI Researchers Receive Technology Transfer Award CMFI News
New tool maps microbial diversity with unprecedented details
21.06.2024 New tool maps microbial diversity with unprecedented details Press Release
Clinical trial of innovative phage lysin HY-133 initiated
11.06.2024 Clinical trial of innovative phage lysin HY-133 initiated Press Release

Events

Gordon Research Conference: Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds
28.07.2024 – 02.08.2024 Gordon Research Conference: Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds Conference More
NGS-CN Summer School 2024
09.09.2024 – 17.09.2024 NGS-CN Summer School 2024 Summer School More
From strings of nucleotides to collective behavior: “Lessons from Vibrio cholerae and its phages”
05.12.2024 From strings of nucleotides to collective behavior: “Lessons from Vibrio cholerae and its phages” 12:30 pm 2:00 pm Joint Microbiological Colloquium Kai Papenfort More
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About the CMFI

The surfaces of the human body host colonies of microorganisms, known as microbiomes. Along with bacteria which have a positive effect on human health, microbiomes contain potentially life-threatening pathogens. In the past, broad-spectrum antibiotics have often been used to tackle them. Nowadays it is known that this not only promotes resistance to antibiotics – in many cases it also damages the microbiome as a whole. 

 

CMFI researchers aim to develop new strategies to control microbial mechanisms and fight infections.

The Cluster of Excellence CMFI brings together researchers from different disciplines such as infection biology, immunology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical biology, antibiotics research, molecular and medical microbiology, biotechnology, environmental biology, systems biology, chemistry, and medical history and ethics. Their common goal is to elucidate the mechanisms of interaction between beneficial and harmful bacteria and the host in order to develop novel targeted therapeutic and anti-infective treatments.

The CMFI is one of more than 50 Clusters of Excellence funded by German federal and state governments as part of the Excellence Strategy to sustainably strengthen Germany as a center of science, improve its international competitiveness and make cutting-edge research at German universities visible. In addition to the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the University Hospital Tübingen are involved in the CMFI.

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