Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

Curriculum vitae PD Dr. rer. nat. Heike Claus


Studies of Biochemistry at the University of Hannover


PhD thesis at the Medical School Hannover and the University of Würzburg: Variability of bacteria with epidemic population structure: Natural transformation of Neisseria meningitidis and its regulation

since 2000

Research Fellow at the Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology, University of Würzburg

since 2000

Team member of the Reference centre for Meningococci (since 2014: Reference centre for Meningococci and Haemophilus influenzae)


Habilitation "Medical Microbiology"


Appointment as Assistant Professor (Privatdozent)

since 2017

Deputy head of the hygiene division

since 2022

Head of the hygiene division


Research Topics

Molecular epidemiology and whole genome sequencing of human pathogens; Bacterial capsule genetics

Special duties

Biological Safety Representative
IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Certificate
(Infectious Substance Transport - Category 1)
Occupational Safety Representative


German Society For Hygiene And Microbiology (DGHM)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
European Meningococcal and Haemophilus Disease Socienty (EMGM)