Excellence Cluster Balance of the Microverse Jena

Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse"

With the cluster of excellence "Balance of the Microverse" the university is successful in the German Excellence Strategy Programme.
Excellence Cluster Balance of the Microverse Jena
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Excellent research on dynamic balances of microbial communities

Balance of the Microverse is a research cluster that, on September 27, 2018, was selected as one of the Clusters of Excellences to be funded by the German Excellence Strategy Programme.

Complex microorganisms can be found in nearly all habitats on our earth. Their interactions between each other, with other organisms and with their environment are of great significance for the functioning of ecosystems, our climate and the well-being of plants, animals and humans. Anthropogenic impact or infectious microorganisms can cause a dramatic imbalance in microbial communities, resulting in the deterioration of ecosystems, weather extremes, severe crop loss or diseases. The vision of the Microverse Cluster is to investigate the dynamic balance of complex microbial communities from the molecular to the ecosystem level. This should enable us to develop new technologies to maintain the balance or restore it.

The Cluster combines the expertise of the profile lines LIFE and LIGHT in microbiology, chemical biology, infection biology, clinical medicine, ecology, optics/photonics, materials science, bioinformatics, and ethics at the University, the University Hospital, and eight non-university research institutes. The Cluster builds on the Graduate School Jena School for Microbial Communication, and is supported by four Collaborative Research Centres, additional coordinated research programmes, and local industry partners.

Website: www.microverse-cluster.de

Contact to the cluster: contact@microverse-cluster.de 

Into the Microverse

Into the Microverse. The Research Cluster "Balance of the Microverse".


Kirsten Küsel, Univ.-Prof. Dr
Head of the Research Group Aquatic Geomicrobiology
Professorship Aquatic Geomicrobiology
Room 312
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena

Management and Communication

Dr. Angela Köhler (Management)
Mail: angela.koehler@microverse-cluster.de
Phone +49 3641 532-1320

Alena Gold (Kommunikation)
Mail: alena.gold@microverse-cluster.de
Phone +49 3641 532-1317

Cooperations and Participations

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The Profile Lines de of Friedrich Schiller University are topical clusters to focus the interdisciplinary research profile of this university. This structure reflects the close collaboratios within the University and with non-university research institutes.

Learn more about the LIGHT profile line.

Get to know our LIFE profile line.

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CRC 1076 "AquaDiva : Understanding the Links Between Surface and Subsurface Biogeospere" (since 2013)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel

 CRC/TR 124 "FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction"
(since 2013)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage

 CRC 1127 "ChemBioSys: Chemische Mediatoren in komplexen Biosystemen" (since 2014)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christian Hertweck

CRC 1161 "Polymer-based nanoparticle libraries for targeted anti-inflammatory" (seit 2017)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert

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