Beschreibung der Teilnehmerinstitute
The Max von Pettenkofer-Institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology belongs to the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) of Munich [Link zum Institut, München].
It has its roots in the Institute of Hygiene of which Max von Pettenkofer was its first director (1897). Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) is known as the pioneer of hygiene and public health in the former kingdom of Bavaria.
In 1996 the Max von Pettenkofer-Institute (MvPI) was provided with a chair for Virology and a chair for Bacteriology, to emphasize the high impact of infectious disease in general and in particular for the medical school and the university hospital at the LMU.
Both departments are involved in laboratory diagnostics of infectious disease of patients of the university hospital, teaching students of medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy and biology, and as well as in research.
Moreover, members of the MvPI take over numerous duties as consultants in public health and research.
Main research interests are focussed on bacteria causing gastro-intestinal infections (Helicobacter pylori, Yersinia species, Salmonella enterica), and other species as Borrelia burgdorferi / B. afzeli /B. garinii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the infection of the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, facultative-pathogenic members of the family of Enterobacteriacea and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Different aspects are covered in this research:
- Molecular Genetics of Bacterial Pathogenesis
- Evolution of Bacterial Pathogenicity
- Pathogen-Host Cell Interactions (cellular microbiology)
- Immune Response Elicited by Bacterial Components
- Development of Oral Live Vaccines
- Pathotyping and Clonal Analysis of Microbes Involved in Epidemics and Nosocomial Infections
- Germination process of Aspergillus fumigatus.
The Bacteriology Department of Max von Pettenkofer-Institute is accepted as a National Reference Centre for Borrelia and has consulting laboratories for Diphtheria, Ehrlichia, Yersinia pestis and Pseudomonas.