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Bacterial Networks and Interactions

Gruppenfoto PopulationMay 2019

Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-1: Biotechnology
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich


Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke




There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
(Louis Pasteur)

Our group is fascinated by the complex regulatory networks and design principles microorganisms have evolved to adapt to ever changing environments and to interact with other living species. We are convinced that this fundamental knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of bacterial gene regulation and signal transduction is key for a successful implementation of these mechanisms in synthetic biology approaches and metabolic engineering. Our laboratory studies Corynebacterium glutamicum as a major model organism, which is not only an interesting model species of the Actinobacteria, but also represents one of the most important biotechnological platform organisms.

News and Highlights

May 2020
Tom starts his PhD on the ERC project PRO_PHAGE
March 2020Robert gives a talk at the “VAAM” in Leipzig
February 2020Johanna publishes a paper in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, doi:


Social events

School project “Going viral”
2019 Graduation Max
2019 Beautiful Streptomyces
2019 Retreat
2019 Graduation Marc
2018 Monthly group evening
2018 Monthly group evening
2018 Retreat
2018 Retreat
Isabel successfully defended her PhD
2016 Gene Regulation
2016 Regina Promotion
VAAM Forschungspreis
2016 ME XI in Japan
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Weihnachtsfoto 2015
2015 Gaia Zoo
2015 Lasertag
2015 Frühlingslauf
Weihnachtsfoto 2014
2013 Rur Rafting
AG Frunzke - The holy family