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Institute of Medical Microbiology


Prof. Dr. med. Jan Buer




Christiane Loehrmann


+49 (0) 201-723-35 00


+49 (0) 201-723-56 02



Deputy Director:

Dr. med. Evelyn Heintschel von Heinegg


Focus areas

  • Focus areas of the Institute include, but are not limited to:
  • Detection of infections, including tuberculosis, caused by bacteria, fungi, and parasites in all organs utilizing both molecular biology and culture methods of detection.
  • Sensitivity analysis of all pathogens utilizing automated, semi-automated, manual, and molecular biological methods. Antibiotics consultation service.
  • Infection epidemiological investigations and molecular characterization of pathogens.
  • Direct and indirect detection of infections in all organs, as well as infection immunological detection of pathogen toxins, including, but not limited to, the diagnostics of borreliosis, lues, toxoplasmosis, and fungal infections.
  • Microbiological monitoring of patients at high risk for infection following transplants and tumor diseases.
  • Investigations of hospital hygiene, including sterility checks of pharmaceutical and blood products.
  • Measurement of serum levels of antimycotic chemotherapy agents.


Special consultations

Pathogens with multiple resistances, special serological diagnostics (borreliosis, toxoplasmosis, lues), fungal diagnostics, parasitology, tuberculosis and other L3 organisms, diagnosis of sepsis.


Fields of Research

  • Chronic inflammation and autoimmunity
  • Immune tolerance
  • Molecular mycology
  • Intracellular pathogens



The Institute employs 5 physicians, 4 scientists and 40 technicians.