Prof. Dr. Bettina Löffler

Bettina Löffler Bettina Löffler Image: UKJ

Institute of Medical Microbiology
University Hospital Jena
Am Klinikum 1
07747 Jena
Phone: + 49 3641 9 393 504 


  • Director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, UKJ
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) of the UKJ Jena
  • Member of the Board of the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) with promotion of young scientists
  • Member of the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)


  • Toxin-mediated effects in bacterial infections and viral-bacterial co-infections
  • Persistence strategies of pathogens
  • Infection models and testing of therapy strategies
  • Diagnostic microbiology

Publications (the 5 most important)

  1. B. Löffler, M. Hussain, M. Grundmeier, M. Bruck, D. Holzinger, G. Varga, J. Roth, B. C. Kahl, R. A. Proctor, G. Peters, Staphylococcus aureus panton-valentine leukocidin is a very potent cytotoxic factor for human neutrophils. PLoS Pathog  2010, 6:e1000715.
  2. L. Tuchscherr, E. Medina, M. Hussain, W. Völker, V. Heitman, S. Niemann, D. Holzinger, J. Roth, R. A. Proctor, K. Becker, G. Peters, B. Löffler, Staphylococcus aureus phenotype switching: an effective bacterial strategy to escape host immune response and establish a chronic infection. EMBO Mol Med  2011, 3:129-141.
  3. J. Wang, Y. Morita, B. Han, S. Niemann, B. Löffler, K. L. Rudolph, Per2 induction limits lymphoid-biased haematopoietic stem cells and lymphopoiesis in the context of DNA damage and ageing. Nat Cell Biol  2016, 18:480-490.
  4. B. C. Kahl, K. Becker, B. Löffler, Clinical Significance and Pathogenesis of Staphylococcal Small Colony Variants in Persistent Infections. Clin Microbiol Rev  2016, 29:401-427
  5. S. Deinhardt-Emmer, K. Rennert, E. Schicke, Z. Cseresnyes, M. Windolph, S. Nietzsche, R. Heller, F. Siwczak, K. F. Haupt, S. Carlstedt, M. Schacke, M. T. Figge, C. Ehrhardt, B. Löffler, A. S. Mosig, Co-infection with Staphylococcus aureus after primary influenza virus infection leads to damage of the endothelium in a human alveolus-on-a-chip model. Biofabrication  2020 12:025012.