Marc Erhardt appointed Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens
Prof. Marc Erhardt (Institute for Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) has been appointed Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (MPUSP) headed by Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier. Marc Erhardt and his team work at the interface of bacterial cell biology and infection biology using bacterial genetics and quantitative single-cell biological approaches to understand pathogenicity mechanisms of Gram-negative bacteria.
The Max Planck Fellow Program aims to promote collaboration between outstanding university research groups and Max Planck institutes and includes funds to establish an additional working group at the MPUSP.
The intensified collaboration between the research group of Marc Erhardt at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and MPUSP will strengthen and support the internationally visible research focus on bacterial pathogenesis in Berlin-Mitte in the spirit of Robert Koch. The mission of this new research focus on bacterial pathogenesis is to elucidate fundamental, molecular and cellular pathogenicity mechanisms of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial pathogens relevant for human health. The disease burden caused by bacterial pathogens remain substantial with significant socioeconomic and health consequences for Europe and worldwide, in particular due to increasing antibiotic resistance. A greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis is thus critical to generate new findings in basic sciences and possibly translate them into novel anti-bacterial and anti-infective strategies.
Marc Erhardt studied biology as a fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes at the Universities of Ulm, Konstanz, Heidelberg and Salt Lake City and received in 2011 his doctoral degree from the University of Konstanz. From 2013 to 2017, he headed a junior research group at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig. Since 2017, Marc Erhardt is Professor of Bacterial Physiology at the Institute for Biology of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Marc Erhardt’s work has been recognized by several prestigious awards including fellowships of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, EMBO and Marie Curie, the Research Prize of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.
- Marc Erhardt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: email@example.com
- Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens: firstname.lastname@example.org