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

News

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19.01.2024 Antibiotics highjack bacterial immunity Press Release

Events

75th Mosbacher Kolloquium "The Microbiome –from Understanding to Modulation"
21.03.2024 – 23.03.2024 75th Mosbacher Kolloquium "The Microbiome –from Understanding to Modulation" Conference Ruth Ley, Lisa Maier More
Diversity of plants: from genomes to metabolism
09.04.2024 – 12.04.2024 Diversity of plants: from genomes to metabolism Symposium More
Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology UCSB KITP Summer Research Course: Mobile Elements in Microbial Evolution
15.07.2024 – 16.08.2024 Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology UCSB KITP Summer Research Course: Mobile Elements in Microbial Evolution Summer School 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 Initiative 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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