Physiology of bacteria
"The focus of our work is on bacterial microbiology and fundamental cell biology. We are particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms with which bacteria react to a changing environment and form social associations. By doing so, they ensure their survival even under unfavourable growth conditions, such as through lack of nutrients or use of antibiotics. Understanding bacterial physiology forms the basis for developing methods to combat pathogens in a targeted manner. We use methods of molecular and structural biology in our work. When teaching, I focus more on research-based active learning."
Holger Sondermann, 48 years old, born in Cologne. Since August 2020: Professor of Structural Biology of Infectious Processes at Kiel University and senior researcher at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB). Previously Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York/USA. 2001: Doctoral degree at the University of Cologne and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried.