The Microbe Chaser

Text: Anke Brodmerkel

How are bacteria managing to resist ever more antibiotics? And what methods could be used to outsmart the pathogens? These are the questions that interest the new Humboldt Professor, Emmanuelle Charpentier. At the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, the 45 year-old French microbiologist is investigating the interaction between our genetic makeup and bacterial proteins. She wants to be able to control all the biological processes in the pathogens. At TWINCORE, a centre established by MHH and HZI, the aim is to translate this new knowledge into therapies faster than before. From 2014, Charpentier will be involved in intensive collaboration there between fundamental researchers and medical scientists.