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Tiny organisms, huge amounts of data

Gianni Panagiotou has been Professor of "Microbiome Dynamics" at Friedrich Schiller University Jena since the beginning of the year. With his research, he supports the consortium's project to understand microbiomes holistically and to identify patterns that determine the balance of micro…

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Holes in T cells

Certain T cells can secrete cytokines that are normally part of the innate immune system, as researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI) and an international research team discovered. They have thus revealed several previously unknown prope…

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Understanding how bacterial colonisation antagonizes a pathogenic fungus: metabolites matter

Candida albicans is probably not the fastest or the strongest of our enemies. This fungus lives in all of us, in several parts of our bodies, mostly as a harmless commensal. However, when there are no defenders to be seen, C. albicans can seize the opportunity and become pathogenic, potentially posi…

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How do fungal infections spread in the human lung?

A chip-based infection model developed by Jena researchers enables live microscopic observation of damage to lung tissue caused by the invasive fungal infection aspergillosis. The team developed algorithms to track the spread of fungal hyphae as well as the response of immune cells. The development …

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Arts & Science: Genesis of an Artistic Fact

In summer 2021 scientists and artists come together for a unique exchange between the disciplines. The project “Entstehung einer künstlerischen Tatsache” (“Genesis of an Artistic Fact”) enables scientists to gain new perspectives on their work and artists to expand their artistic practice through sc…

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Alternative energy in the fungal cell

Until now, almost all studies suggested that the formation of hyphae is one of the most important virulence factors of the yeast Candida albicans. Ilse Jacobsen, Project leader of FungiNet Project C5 at Leibniz-HKI and her team in in Jena – in close collaboration with the group of Thomas Dandekar wi…

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TRR 124 FungiNet granted DFG funding for a further four years

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio (CRC/TR) “FungiNet” for four more years with approximately ten million Euro. In the only CRC studying human pathogenic fungi, scientists in Jena and Würzburg will investigate infection processes and novel the…

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Cellular altruism

Candida albicans forms filaments on epithelial cells that help the fungus attach and cause infections. Infections caused by yeasts of the genus Candida trigger an immune response that was previously known only in the defense against viruses, bacteria or parasites. A research team from Jena including…

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Wissenschaftler:innen und Karriere Jena

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) promotes equal opportunities for scientists in its programmes. In order to pool and use the equal opportunities funds of coordinated programmes for targeted and tailored measures, the association "Wissenschaftler:innen und Karriere Jena" („Scientists and Car…

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