Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Brehm

Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

Josef-Schneider-Straße 2 / E1
97080 Würzburg

Tel.: ++49 931-31-46168
Fax: ++49 931-31-46445

Mail: kbrehm(at)


Curriculum vitae:


04.09.1964 in Iphofen




Studies in Biology, Diploma, University of Würzburg


Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude); University of Würzburg

Research topic: Virulence factors of Listeria monocytogenes

(Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology; Prof. Werner Goebel, Prof. Jürgen Kreft)


Post-Doc at the Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, Spain

Research topic: Virulence gene regulation in Listeria monocytogenes (Veterinary Faculty; Prof. J-A Vazquez-Boland)


Research group leader at the Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology, University of Würzburg (Medical Faculty; Prof. M. Frosch). Research topic: Molecular Biology of Echinococcus multilocularis


Habilitation; Venia legendi in Medical Microbiology; University of Würzburg, Medical Faculty

since 2004

C3-Professorship for Medical Parasitology, Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology, University of Würzburg



Research Topics




Molecular host-parasite interaction in cestode diseases; developmental biology, cell biology and genetics of cestodes







PhD thesis ‘summa cum laude’


Award of the ‘Commemorative foundation for Science of Lower Franconia’

since 2004

Chairman of the informal WHO working group ‘Echinococcus basic biology’

2006-2012 Advisory Board,  whole genome sequenzing project Taenia solium

since 2008

Board member of the German Society for Parasitology

since 2010 audit committee, ‘Experimental Medicine’ course of studies
2011 Badge of Honor (Silver) Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Lower Franconia
since 2011 Secretary/Treasurer of the German Society for Parasitology 
since 2011 member of the promotion commission, Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg
2014 Albert-Kölliker-Teaching-Award, Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg
2016 Memento Award for Neglected Disease Research (by Doctors without Borders, Brot für die Welt, the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association and BUKO Pharma-Kampaign)

Project Management




Group leader, DFG priority programme “Molecular mechanisms of parasite persistence in the host”


Group leader, DFG individual grant “mRNA trans-splicing in Echinococcus multilocularis


Group leader, DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB 479


Group leader, DFG International Research Training Group (Würzburg, Nice) “Where Cancer and Infection converge”

since 2008 Group leader, DFG International Research Training Group (Würzburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch) “HIV and associated infectious diseases in Southern Africa”
since 2008 Member of the Graduate School for Life Sciences, Würzburg
since 2008 The E. multilocularis whole genome sequencing project (in collaboration with The Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre)
since 2010

Group leader, DFG individual grant ‘Immunomodulation by excretory/secretory Echinococcus products’

2008-2012 Group Leader, DFG International Research……
2008-2013 The E. multilocularis whole genome sequencing….
2010-2014 Group Leader, DFG individual grant……
since 2015 Member of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award Consortium FUGI (Flatworm Functional Genomics Initiative)

Editorial work:
Editorial board member of Parasitology International 
Associate Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Reviews for:

all international journals publishing parasitological research, including PLoS Pathog., PLoS Neglect Trop. Dis., PLoS ONE, Infect. Immun., Antimicrob. Agents Chemother., Cell. Mol. Life Sci., Trends Parasitol., Int. J. Parasitol., Mol. Biochem. Parasitol., Parasitol. Int., Parasitology, Exp. Parasitol. and J. Parasitol. funding agencies: German research Foundation (DFG), The Wellcome Trust (UK), BBSRC (UK)