Principle investigator

Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Kurzai

Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Kurzai

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Phone: +49 3641 532-1347

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Curriculum vitae
2017 Chair of Medical Microbiology and Mycology, Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology, Julius Maximilians University Würzburg and head of the research group Fungal Septomics at Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute Jena
2009-2016 Professor for Fungal Septomics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2008 Habilitation in medical microbiology, Julius Maximilians University Würzburg
2006 Medical specialist in microbiology, virology and infection epidemiology (Bayerische Landesärztekammer)
2002 Dr. med. (summa cum laude), Julius Maximilians University Würzburg
2001-2008 Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

 

Awards · appointments · scientific activities
seit 2014 Head of the National Reference Center for Invasive Fungal Infections (NRZMyk)
seit 2013 Boar member of the Integrated Research and Treatment Center “Center for Sepsis Control and Care” (CSCC) at University Hospital Jena
seit 2012 Scientific Manager of the consortium “InfectControl 2020 – New Antiinfection Strategies – Science · Society · Economy” within the BMBF-Programme “Zwanzig 20 – Partnership for Innovation” (Head: Prof. A. Brakhage)
seit 2012 Editor-in-Chief, Medical Mycology Case Reports, Mitglied (ex officio) of the executive board of the International Society for Human & Animal Mycology (ISHAM)
seit 2011 Elected note taker at the Deutschsprachige Mykologische Gesellschaft DMykG
2015-2016 Speaker of ZIK Septomics
2009 Hans-Rieth-poster prize from the Deutschsprachige Mykologische Gesellschaft (DMykG)
2008 Award from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

 

Selected publications

Pohlers S, Martin R, Krüger T, Hellwig D, Hänel F, Kniemeyer O, Saluz HP, Van Dijck P, Ernst J, Brakhage A, Muhlschlegel F, Kurzai O (2017) Lipid signaling via Pkh1/2 regulates fungal CO2 sensing through the kinase Sch9. MBio 8(1), pii: e02211-16.

Scherag A, Schöneweck F, Kesselmeier M, Taudien S, Platzer M, Felder M, Sponholz C, Rautanen A, Hill AV, Hinds CJ, Hossain H, Suttorp N, Kurzai O, Slevogt H, Giamarellos-Bourboulis EJ, Armaganidis A, Trips E, Scholz M, Brunkhorst FM (2016) Genetic Factors of the Disease Course after Sepsis: A Genome-Wide Study for 28Day Mortality. EBioMedicine 12, 239-246.

Leonhardt I, Spielberg S, Weber M, Albrecht-Eckardt D, Bläss M, Claus R, Barz D, Scherlach K, Hertweck C, Löffler J, Hünniger K, Kurzai O (2015) The fungal quorum-sensing molecule farnesol activates innate immune cells but suppresses cellular adaptive immunity. MBio 6(2), e00143.

Hünniger K, Lehnert T, Bieber K, Martin R, Figge MT, Kurzai O (2014) A virtual infection model quantifies innate effector mechanisms and Candida albicans immune escape in human blood. PLoS Comput Biol 10, e1003479.

Cunha C, Aversa F, Lacerda JF, Busca A, Kurzai O, Grube M, Löffler J, Maertens JA, Bell AS, Inforzato A, Barbati E, Almeida B, Santos e Sousa P, Barbui A, Potenza L, Caira M, Rodrigues F, Salvatori G, Pagano L, Luppi M, Mantovani A, Velardi A, Romani L, Carvalho A (2014) Genetic PTX3 deficiency and aspergillosis in stem-cell transplantation. N Engl J Med 370, 421-432.