Host and Pathogen

The Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology focuses on understanding how microbes cause disease and how hosts respond to this challenge.

Our mission is to understand infections by viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi and worms of two reasons: they present one of the most significant medical burdens on earth and the interaction between microbes and their host are an essential driver of evolution.

Science is Teamwork

Our institute brings together scientists from various disciplines – in this way, we want to find answers to the fundamental questions of infection biology.

Hence the scale of our research spans through the atomic, molecular, cellular, tissular, organismal, clinical and finally social level.

In the Heart of Berlin

The Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology is located at the historical Campus of the Charité Clinic in Berlin.

Since the year 2000 we are sharing the institute building with the Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum in the heart of Berlin - right between the main station and the government quarter.


The interaction between two types of viruses can be complex and difficult to predict. Using statistical tests, scientists are trying to decipher the interaction of viruses such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2 from epidemiological data. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology have now taken a closer look at a test for studying virus-virus interactions.

Moussa Niangaly heads the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology’s new partner group in Bamako, Mali. The international research collaboration investigates how malaria parasites survive dry seasons without mosquitos spreading them from host to host. In this interview, he gives insight into his research project and explains how it can help to combat Malaria.

With a position paper developed under the umbrella of Berlin Research 50, the non-university institutions of Berlin emphasize what is important for science in Berlin. The position paper contains 10 demands that should be implemented by the future senate to strengthen Berlin as science metropolis.

Seminars / Lectures

Plasmodium proliferation: nuclear autonomy in multinucleated cells

Markus Ganter
Jan 26, 2022 16:00
Zoom video conference

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