Deutsch Intern
    Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

    Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Kurzai

    Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

    Josef-Schneider-Straße 2 / E1
    97080 Würzburg

    Tel.: ++49 931-31-88007                                                        
    Fax: ++49 931-31-46445

    Mail: okurzai(at)hygiene.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Since 2017

    Professor (W3) and Chair “Medical Microbiology and Mycology”, University Würzburg, Germany

    Since 2017

    Head, Fungal Septomics Research Group, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knoell-Institute, Jena, Germany


    Professor (W2) for Fungal Septomics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute


    Habilitation „Medical Microbiology“


    Specialist Recognition Microbiology, Virology and Infection Epidemiology


    Doctoral Thesis Dr. med. (Univ. Würzburg, summa cum laude)


    Institut für Hygiene & Mikrobiologie, Universität Würzburg


    University of Würzburg, Medical School

    Academic Honours/ major committee commitments (selection)

    Since 2015

    National Delegate, Antifungal Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee, EUCAST

    Since 2014

    Head, German National Reference Center for Invasive Fungal Infections (NRZMyk, www.nrzmyk.de)

    Since 2013

    Scientific Administrator, InfectControl 2020

    Since 2012

    Editor-in-Chief, Medical Mycology Case Reports, Member (ex officio) exe-cutive board International Society for Human & Animal Mycology (ISHAMtypo3/)

    Since 2011

    Elected Secretary of the Deutschsprachige Mykologische Gesellschaft (DMykG)


    Speaker, Septomics Research Center, Jena


    Member, Executive Board, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Jena


    Career Award, German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology


    Becton-Dickinson Dissertation Awards of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology


    Research focus

    Pathogenesis, immunobiology and diagnosis of invasive fungal infections.

    Selected publications

    1. Pohlers S, Martin R, Krüger T, Hellwig D, Hänel F, Kniemeyer O, Saluz HP, Van Dijck P, Ernst JF, Brakhage A, Mühlschlegel FA, Kurzai O. Lipid Signaling via Pkh1/2 Regulates Fungal CO2 Sensing through the Kinase Sch9. MBio. 2017; 8(1): e02211-16.

    2. Moyes DL, Wilson D, Richardson JP, Mogavero S, Tang SX, Wernecke J, Höfs S, Gratacap RL, Robbins J, Runglall M, Murciano C, Blagojevic M, Thavaraj S, Förster TM, Hebecker B, Kasper L, Vizcay G, Iancu SI, Kichik N, Häder A, Kurzai O, Luo T, Krüger T, Kniemeyer O, Cota E, Bader O, Wheeler RT, Gutsmann T, Hube B, Naglik JR. Candidalysin is a fungal peptide toxin critical for mucosal infection. Nature. 2016; 532(7597):64-8.

    3. Linde J, Duggan S, Weber M, Horn F, Sieber P, Hellwig D, Riege K, Marz M, Martin R, Guthke R, Kurzai O. Defining the transcriptomic landscape of Candida glabrata by RNA-Seq. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015; 43(3):1392-406.

    4. Voigt J, Hünniger K, Bouzani M, Jacobsen ID, Barz D, Hube B, Löffler J, Kurzai O. Human natural killer cells acting as phagocytes against Candida albicans and mounting an inflammatory response that modulates neutrophil antifungal activity. J Infect Dis. 2014; 209(4):616-26.

    5. Cunha C, Aversa F, Lacerda JF, Busca A, Kurzai O, Grube M, Löffler J, Maertens JA, Bell AS, Inforzato A, Barbati E, Almeida B, Santos e Sousa P, Barbui A, Potenza L, Caira M, Rodrigues F, Salvatori G, Pagano L, Luppi M, Mantovani A, Velardi A, Romani L, Carvalho A. Genetic PTX3 deficiency and aspergillosis in stem-cell transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2014; 370(5):421-32