Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)

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Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)


The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, is one of 18 facilities under the umbrella of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. Being a Helmholtz centre, HZI is committed to the joint mission of providing top-level research to answer important and urgent questions in society, science and the economy.

At the HZI scientists investigate what makes viruses and bacteria pathogenic, how the human immune system defends the body against germs, and are searching for new agents to control infections in the future. The research projects at HZI include both basic research as well as projects targeting specific applications. With a special focus on the development of new agents and novel vaccination methods. Translational research plays an important role in this context as it aims to quickly transfer scientific results into clinical practice for a real benefit for the patients.

One of the key strengths of the centre is its interdisciplinary nature as microbiologists, immunologists, active substance researchers, epidemiologists, chemists, biochemists, biotechnologists and bio-computer scientists benefit from collaborating under the umbrella of infection research. The centre employs more than 800 members of staff in research and administration, and approx. 100 visiting scientist are conducting research at HZI. More than 40 nations are represented on the 96,000 m² campus in the south of the municipal area of Braunschweig.

Contact Information:

Inhoffenstraße 7
38124 Braunschweig

+49 (0)531 6181-0