Bacterial Infections and Immunity
In our Program “Bacterial Infections and Immunity” we aim to redefine the very definition of pathogenic bacteria. We want to understand why a certain bacterium causes disease in a certain host and what the underlying molecular mechanism is for this. With this molecular information we can design novel drugs and vaccines to prevent and treat bacterial infections. In order to acquire this knowledge, all groups within this program work on both the host as well as the bacterial side. We aim to understand the molecular details of those host-factors that eliminate bacteria from our body, especially the complement system and neutrophils. Next to that we study those bacterial factors that play a role in either recognition by the immune system or evasion from the immune system.
Most of our research is centered around the human pathogens Staphylococcus aureus, Group A streptococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.