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About Balance of the Microverse

The Cluster of Excellence EXC 2051 Balance of the Microverse at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena is funded under Germany’s Excellence Strategy since 2019. Within the Microverse Cluster, we seek to understand the dynamic balance of microbial consortia from the molecular to the ecosystem level. By studying microbial communities from different habitats, ranging from aquatic ecosystems to human microbiomes, we aim to identify common and distinct patterns that determine the balance of microbial consortia. With a holistic understanding of the functional interactions and general principles, our vision is to offer innovative solutions for fighting disease and environmental dysbalance. Scientists from the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital and eight non-university research institutes in Jena collaborate closely within the Microverse Cluster.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage

About ChemBioSys

The Collaborative Research Centre 1127 ChemBioSys is a joint research program of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena together with four other institutions (Leibniz-HKI, MPI-CE, Universities of Potsdam and Leipzig) focusing on Chemical Mediators in Complex Biosystems. It aims to explore fundamental regulatory processes in those Biosystems that affect our daily lives. Detailed focus lies on the elucidation of novel chemical mediators and targets that are involved in structuring complex communities and the understanding of mechanisms that generate community structures and maintain community diversity. The long-term goal is the targeted manipulation of complex Biosystems with chemical mediators. Representative Biosystems with fungi, bacteria, microalgae, plants, animals and even human cells are investigated with increasing complexity.

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Christian Hertweck & Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert

About AquaDiva

The Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva aims to gain a thorough understanding of processes in the Earth's Critical Zone between atmosphere and geosphere, and especially of the link between the surface and subsurface biogeosphere. This includes the questions: What biota live there? How do they reflect surface properties? How do they interact with and affect their physical, ecological, and geochemical environment? AquaDiva researchers of the Friedrich Schiller University and three other institutions (MPI-BGC, UFZ and Leibniz-IPHT) use a range of molecular-based approaches to address the groundwater biodiversity of all three domains of life as well as viruses, in order to obtain a holistic view on the subsurface biosphere and the overall patterns and temporal variations in the diversity and activity of organisms within the subsurface Critical Zone.

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel, Prof. Dr. Kai Uwe Totsche & Prof. Susan Trumbore, PhD

About InfectControl 2020

InfectControl is a consortium funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in which science and industry have joined forces to fight infectious diseases. A total of 60 partners in 35 collaborative projects aim to prevent infectious diseases in the long term, to detect them faster and to fight them consistently. InfectControl is a unique collaboration in Germany involving experts from a wide range of disciplines and specialist areas. Together, they fight infections that affect Germany and Europe in particular. InfectControl supports, for example, educational campaigns as well as the development of new diagnostic markers and diagnostic tools. Furthermore, the consortium promotes the development of new vaccines and anti-infective drugs as well as research to unravel the molecular basis of resistance mechanisms.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage