Welcome to the Microbiology Institute,
The Institute for Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, which dates back to the late 19th century, became part of the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen in January 2007. The approximately 100 coworkers of our institute are active in various fields of medical care, research and teaching.
The Division of Microbiological Diagnosticsidentifies pathogens (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths) directly via cultural, mass spectrometric, molecular, and biochemical or indirectly via serological methods. Additionally, the division performs antibiotic susceptibility testing and provides counselling in the field of diagnostics and therapy for physicians of the Universitätsklinikum.
Our Division of Hygieneis responsible for the detection and documentation of nosocomial pathogens, for measures to control and prevent hospital-acquired infections, for counseling of practicing physicians as well as for water testing according to the German Trinkwasserverordnung (i.e. Legionella)
Our institute runs the university´s outpatients’ clinic for vaccination and travel medicine, which offers individual medical advice for travelers based upon destination and personal information. This involves informing the future traveler about possible risks of infection and preventive measures as well as offering appropriate vaccinations and prescription medication.
The infection-related, immunological and microbiological research is currently carried out by 8 externally funded research groups. Their research aims to better understand the control of bacteria, parasites and fungi by the innate and adaptive immune system, the pathogenic effects of various infectious diseases as well as pathogen dependent immunomodulatory mechanisms.
The institute is certified to offer special medical training in the fields of microbiology, virology and infectious disease epidemiology as well as hygiene and environmental medicine.
With respect to teaching, our coworkers educate 400 students of medicine, 100 students of dental medicine, 60 students of molecular medicine, 100 medicinal chemistry and food chemistry students and over 40 biology students a year in the subjects medical microbiology, molecular microbiology and infection biology, immunology and hygiene. Furthermore, some of our members of staff participate in the training of medical technical assistants at the public technical college for medical assistants.
Every day, our members of staff are dedicated to unite medical care, research and teaching on the highest academic level and therefore contribute to the mission statement of the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen.
Erlangen, Januar 2014
sgd. Prof. Dr. med. Christian Bogdan