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The Fungal Septomics research group is headed by Professor Oliver Kurzai.

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Oliver Kurzai is a specialist in microbiology, virology and infection epidemiology, and prior to his appointment in Jena was section-head of Molecular Diagnostics and Medical Mycology at the Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology of the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. His work addresses the pathogenesis of infections caused by fungi and pathogenic Neisseria, and the diagnosis of infections in immunosuppressed patients. He has been awarded with several prizes, including the career award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology in 2008. Fungal Septomics is an associated research group of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute.

Appointsments • Awards • Grants

since 2015 Speaker of the ZIK Septomics
since 2014 Head of the Nationales Referenzzentrums für invasive Pilzinfektionen (NRZMyk)
since 2013 Board member of the Integriertes Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum “Center for Sepsis Control and Care” (CSCC) at the University Hospital Jena
since 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)
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief: Medical Mycology Case Reports
since 2011 Elected Secretary of the German-speaking Mycological Society (DMykG)
2010-2013 Editor: Journal of Basic Microbiology
2009 Call for a W2-Professorship for Fungal Septomics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (accepted); secundo loco W2-Professorship for Microbial Pathogenity, University of Lübeck; Hans Rieth Poster Award of the German-speaking Mycological Society (DMykG)
2008 Career Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
2003 Scientific Award of the „Unterfränkische Gedenkjahrstiftung“; Dissertation Award of the Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg
2002 Becton-Dickinson Dissertation Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
1994-2001 Student Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Selected Publications

  • Hünniger K, Bieber K, Martin R, Lehnert T, Figge MT, Löffler J, Guo R, Riedemann NC, Kurzai O (2014) A Second Stimulus Required for Enhanced Antifungal Activity of Human Neutrophils in Blood Is Provided by Anaphylatoxin C5a.
    J Immunol 194(3),1199-1210.
  • 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.
  • Voigt J, Hünniger K, Bouzani M, Jacobsen ID, Barz D, Hube B, Löffler J, Kurzai O (2014) Human natural killer cells acting as phagocytes against Candida albicans and mounting an inflammatory response that modulates neutrophil antifungal activity.
    J Infect Dis 209, 616-626.
  • Springer J, Loeffler J, Heinz W, Schlossnagel H, Lehmann M, Morton O, Rogers TR, Schmitt C, Frosch M, Einsele H, Kurzai O (2011) Pathogen-specific DNA enrichment does not increase sensitivity of PCR for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in neutropenic patients.
    J Clin Microbiol 49, 1267-1273.

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