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
Niels van Best published his study on the enteric microbiota of preterm neonates under probiotic therapy in "Gut Microbes"
In collaboration with neonatologists of the RWTH University Hospital Aachen and colleagues from the University Hospital Maastricht (NL), Niels studied changes of the early enteric microbiome of…
Congratulations to Ambre Riba, PhD, for her publication in Science Translational Medicine!
Ambre reports in her paper on a new infection model with the human enteropathogenic protozoon Giardia lamblia.
Giardia lamblia is an important causative agent of diarrhea in adult travelers. In…