Fluorescence images of bacteria and biofilms (Photos: Peter Krolla)


Microbiology / Molecular Biology

The Working group of Microbiology / Molecular Biology is concerned with bacterial biofilms and       bacterial populations on abiotic and biotic materials/surfaces. One focus is the targeted generation  of innovative micro-structured and biologised surfaces for the manipulation of biofilms. Natural    bacterial communities (microbiomes) are also investigated using high-resolution population        analyses and transcriptome analyses. Here, the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance genes and facultative pathogenic bacteria in the anthropogenically influenced environment are specifically investigated using molecular biological methods.The influence of anthropogenic agents and pharmaceuticals on the microbiome and thus on the host organism is another scientific focus of the department. This results in assessment concepts for bacterial risk potentials in medicine,      technology and the environment, which should lead to appropriate regulation.

Picture: Leader of the working group Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwartz

Main Research Topics:



  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Intervention Procedures   More


  • Antimicrobial Processes and Materials   More


  • Natural and model biofilms on surfaces   More


  • Stress response and Bioeffectivity   More



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Leader of the working group Microbiology / Molecularbiology

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwartz
Microbiology / Molecularbiology


E-mail: thomas schwartz does-not-exist.kit edu