Since September 2014 I am director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the RWTH University Hospital. The institute actively participates in the education of medical students and the graduate and postgraduate education of life science students. Is additionally involved in research on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and immune response to infectious diseases. Our main reseach interests are epidemiological studies on streptococcal diseases performed by the National Reference Laboratory (NRZ) on Streptococcal Diseases, novel strategies of antiinfectious therapies (antimicrobial peptides and phages), studies on the mucosal antimicrobial host defense mainly against enteropathogenic viruses, parasites and bacteria as well as functional investigations on the role of the enteric microbiota. You can find information on our work, the team members and research activities on the following pages.
Mathias Hornef, M.D.
Professor for Medical Microbiology
Publication on the pathogenesis of neonatal Listeria infection
Dennis Pägelow, Kira van Vorst and Marcus Fulde, former group members that now work at the FU Berlin publish together with Mathias Hornef a study in Nature Communications in which they examine the...
Podcast: Pneumococcal Disease in Refugee Children in Germany
Stephanie Perniciaro, from the German National Reference Center, discusses invasive pneumococcal disease in refugee children in Germany with the Center for Disease, Control and Prevention.
Host regulatory mechanism that shapes the neonatal microbiome published by the AG Hornef in Nature
Members of the AG Hornef identified a regulatory circuit of the murine host's intestinal epithelium that influences early colonization by commensal bacteria. They demonstrate age-dependent expression...