Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Our workgroup addresses factors that contribute to the success of antibiotic-resistant bacteria with a focus on Enterobacteriaceae. This does not only include the characterization of resistance but also the in-depth investigation of virulence and fitness determinants. With geno- and phenotypic experiments including experimental (micro)-evolution, functional and phylogenetic genome analysis as well as biofilm formation assays it is our main goal to analyze, to better understand and to fight successful pandemic pathogens. In collaboration with others, we elucidate the occurrence and transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans, animals (including food products) and the environment in a One Health context and push towards identifying and validating innovative bacterial therapeutic targets to fight antibiotic-resistant pathogens. We can only counteract the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a holistic approach!

Photo: Till Junker/University of Greifswald

Dr. Katharina Schaufler, PhD

Institute of Pharmacy/LPG
Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Room 213

Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 17
17489 Greifswald

Telephone +49 3834 420 4869
katharina.schaufleruni-greifswaldde

Positions

Since 11/2020 Group leader of the BMBF junior research group "DISPATch_MRGN"
01/2019-10/2020 Junior professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the Institute of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Greifswald
09/2018–12/2018 Postdoctoral fellow, Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy, University of Greifswald
02/2017–07/2018 Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; Supervisor: Michael S. Gilmore, MD PhD
08/2016–09/2016 Intern (scientific management), Young Academy Berlin, Germany
05/2012–07/2016 Graduate student and research assistant, Centre for Infection Medicine, Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Supervisor: Lothar H. Wieler, DVM PhD

Degrees & Education

11/2019 Veterinary Specialist for Microbiology
12/2016 PhD (summa cum laude); Supervisor: Lothar H. Wieler, DVM PhD
  Title: "Functional plasmid analysis of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli of pandemic sequence types ST131 and ST648"
06/2016 Dr. med. vet. (summa cum laude); Supervisor: Lothar H. Wieler, DVM PhD
  Title: "Molecular analysis of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli from different habitats discloses insights into phylogeny, clonal relationships and transmission scenarios"
05/2013–06/2016 Member of the Graduate Program "Biomedical Sciences", Dahlem Research School (DRS), Berlin
08/2014–03/2016 Member of the Berlin-Hyderabad Research Training School on Infectious Diseases and Genetic-Functional Epidemiology (BRIDGE)
03/2012 Veterinary State Examination, License to Practice Veterinary Medicine
09/2008–06/2009 Veterinary medicine studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
10/2006–03/2012 Veterinary medicine studies, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany

Honors & Awards

10/2020 Anton Mayr Prize awarded by the German Society of Veterinary Medicine (DVG)
01/2020 Young Ambassador for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
09/2018–12/2018 Feodor Lynen-Return Fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
02/2017–07/2018 Feodor Lynen-Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
09/2016 Dissertation Prize awarded by the German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
07/2015 Travel Grant awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to carry out a lecture tour in the United States (Columbia University, New York, and University of Maryland, Baltimore)
12/2012–06/2015 Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the SONNENFELD-Foundation and DRS
05/2014 Poster Prize awarded by the program committee of the German Society of Veterinary Medicine (DVG)
10/2013 Conference Attendance Grant awarded by the program committee of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
03/2013 Conference Attendance Grant awarded by the Academy for Animal Health (AfT)