Working group Chlamydiae and Mycoplasmas

The Working group Chlamydiae and Mycoplasmas hosts the OIE and National Reference Laboratory for Chlamydiosis and the NRL for Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia.

Main Research Topics

  • Zoonotic potential of chlamydiae – transmission routes of chlamydial infections from animals to humans
  • Direct identification of Chlamydia spp. from clinical samples by DNA microarray
  • Development of further microarray-based tests for genetic characterization of chlamydiae
  • Development and validation of tests for detection of Chlamydia spp. by real-time PCR
  • Validation / Batch testing of test kits
  • Chlamydia-associated diseases of cattle, sheep, and birds
  • In vitro model systems for investigation of molecular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of chlamydial diseases
  • WildTech – Detection of zoonotic pathogens in wildlife (7th European Framework Programme)
  • Persistence of chlamydiae as part of molecular pathogenesis
  • Identification of pathogenicity factors
  • Research on the molecular pathogenesis of mycoplasma infections, particularly of ruminants
  • Development and validation of new methods for direct detection of mycoplasmas (microarray test for all mycoplasmas relevant in veterinary medicine, EU/EMIDA project)
  • Improvement of serological diagnostics for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (BMZ/GTZ project)
  • Improvement of molecular biological methods for DNA-based detection of the causative agent of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia