Research and teaching at the Institute for Microbiology is composed of three fields: cell biology, pathogenicity and biotechnology.
To study these fields we use both prokaryotic and, increasingly, eukaryotic microorganisms as model systems.
We use current projects to train students in basic research as well as the applied sciences on all levels (Bachelor, Master and PhD students).
Our group is part of various scientific networks such as Düsseldorf university's Initiative for Excellence CEPLAS, the Collaborative Research Centre on Membrane Systems SFB1208, the Association for General and Applied Microbiology VAAM, the joint German-Mexican Research Unit DFG/CONACYT- FOR1334 and DFG Research Unit FOR2333 on mRNA Localisation.
We are happy to provide information on a number of in vivo techniques used by us, such as iCLIP, RNA live imaging and the Y3H-system. For the „Ustilago research community“ we maintain a comprehensive plasmid collection. In addition we have specialised in the production of proteins that are hard to express in conventional model systems (RAB Xpress)