Department for Bacteria and Toxins

Lead: LtCol (VC) Dr Heiner von Buttlar

The department focuses on bacteria that are highly infectious and life threatening to human and animals. Next to bacterial pathogens, the department investigates a variety of biological toxins.

The various working groups of the department develop and optimise methods to diagnose pathogens and biotoxins as well as conduct epidemiologic investigations. A priority of the department is to improve bioforensic techniques using next-generation sequencing (NGS), fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), and electron microscopy. The institute’s diagnostic unit offers all new diagnostic methods developed by the department.

The department also harbours the national reference laboratories for Brucella.