Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1986
    Studied medicine and philosophy in Münster, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and Bristol, UK

  • 1986 – 1987
    Doctorate, licence to practise medicine

  • 1987 – 1989
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Immunology, University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London, UK

  • 1989 – 1993
    Research associate, Max Planck Society, working groups in Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research at the Institute of Clinical Immunology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1993 – 2000
    Research associate, Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in immunology

  • Since 2000
    C3 professor of molecular immunology, University of Greifswald, Germany

  • 2003 – 2012
    Spokesperson of Research Training Group 840: Host-pathogen interactions in generalised bacterial infections

  • 2007
    Specialist in immunology; certified by the German Society for Immunology

  • 2008 – 2012
    Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate committee for special research fields

  • Since 2009
    Acting head of the Department of Immunology, University of Greifswald

  • Since 2014
    Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio (SFB/TR) 34: Pathophysiology of Staphylococci in the Postgenomic Era

Selected publications

  • Kolata J, Kühbandner I, Link C, Normann N, Weidenmaier C, Bröker B. 2015. The fall of a dogma? Unexpectedly high T cell memory response to Staphylococcus aureus in humans In: J Infect Dis

  • Bröker BM, Holtfreter S, Bekeredjian-Ding I. 2014. Immune control of Staphylococcus aureus – Regulation and counter-regulation of the adaptive immune response. Int J Med Microbiol 304: 204-14

  • Winstel V, Liang C, Sanchez-Carballo P, Steglich M, Munar M, Bröker BM, Penades JR, Nubel U, Holst O, Dandekar T, Peschel A, Xia G. 2013. Wall teichoic acid structure governs horizontal gene transfer between major bacterial pathogens. Nat Commun 4: 2345

  • Kühlhorn F, Rath M, Schmoeckel K, Cziupka K, Nguyen HH, Hildebrandt P, Hünig T, Sparwasser T, Huehn J, Pötschke C, Bröker BM. 2013. Foxp3+ regulatory T cells are required for recovery from severe sepsis. PLoS One 8: e65109

  • Pötschke C, Selleng S, Bröker BM, Greinacher A. 2012. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia: further evidence for a unique immune response. Blood 120: 4238-45

  • Krauel K, Pötschke C, Weber C, Kessler W, Fürll B, Ittermann T, Maier S, Hammerschmidt S, Bröker BM, Greinacher A. 2011. Platelet factor 4 binds to bacteria, [corrected] inducing antibodies cross-reacting with the major antigen in heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Blood 117: 1370-8

  • Kolata J, Bode LG, Holtfreter S, Steil L, Kusch H, Holtfreter B, Albrecht D, Hecker M, Engelmann S, van Belkum A, Völker U, Bröker BM. 2011. Distinctive patterns in the human antibody response to Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in carriers and non-carriers. Proteomics 11: 3914-27

  • Holtfreter S, Roschack K, Eichler P, Eske K, Holtfreter B, Kohler C, Engelmann S, Hecker M, Greinacher A, Bröker BM. 2006. Staphylococcus aureus carriers neutralize superantigens by antibodies specific for their colonizing strain: a potential explanation for their improved prognosis in severe sepsis. J Infect Dis 193: 1275-8


Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 34: Pathophysiology of Staphylococci in the Post-Genomic Era, 2006 – 2018

    Spokesperson since 2014

    Subproject C4: Characterization of the immune proteome of Staphylococcus aureus

    Subproject C16: Host-pathogen interaction of Staphylococcus aureus – insight from a population-based perspective

  • DFG Research Training Group (GRK) 1870: Bacterial Respiratory Infections

    Subproject C2: Lipolytic enzymes (SLEs) in Staphylococcus aureus virulence and immune evasion

    Subproject C4: Allergic reactions to Staphylococcus aureus in airway diseases

  • DFG Research Training Group GRK 840: Host-pathogen interactions in generalised bacterial infections, spokesperson 2003 – 2012; subprojects: (1) Effects of novel virulence factors of Staphylococcus aureus on blood cells; (2) Murine models of inflammation-induced immune suppression

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Twenty20 – Partnership for Innovation, InfectControl 2020: New anti-infective strategies – Science, Society, Economy

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate committee for special research fields, since 2008

  • German Society for Immunology; member of the scientific advisory board (2005 – 2008); spokesperson of the Academy for Immunology, since 2008

Additional qualifications

  • Chairperson of the examination committee for the B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences, part of the Greifswald MD/PhD Programme in Medicine Plus, since 2007

  • Member of the faculty council, Faculty of Medicine, 2006 – 2013

  • Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Greifswald, since 2012

  • Co-opted member of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Greifswald, Germany, since 2002

  • Chairperson of the examination committee for Human Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Greifswald, 2002 – 2008


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • One daughter, born 1993


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