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Name: Dr. Becker, Karsten
Address: University Hospital of Münster, Institute of Medical Microbiology, Domagkstr. 10, D-48129 Münster, Germany
Institution: Universität Münster, Inst. f. Med. Mikrobiologie
City: Münster Zip: D-48129
Country: Germany Phone: +49-251-835 -2353
    Fax: +49-251- 835 -350


Research Topics:
Pathogenesis of staphylococcal infections Biology and clinical significance of infections due to small colony variants
  • Prevention of Staphylococcus aureus infections (e.g. eradication strategies)
  • Identification, differentiation and taxonomy of gram-positive cocci (Staphylococcaceae, Micrococcineae)
  • Toxin-mediated diseases and their toxins (Pyrogenic superantigens [enterotoxins, TSST), exfoliative toxins, leukocidins [Panton Valentine leukocidin])
  • Molecular and phenotypical typing methods
  • Novel antimicrobial agents with antistaphylococcal activity
  • Molecular epidemiology of virulence factors involved in staphylococcal infections Microbial ecology (biocenosis) and interference within staphylococcal species and strains and with other parts of the microbial flora


Organisms studied:
  • Micrococcus spec.
  • Staphylococcus


Special methods / technologies:
Amplification methods, including real time quantitative PCR, immuno-PCR, Genomic microarrays (S. aureus full genome chip), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy


Suggestions for potential research cooperations:
Staphylococcal and micrococcal infections, in particular pathogenesis (see above)
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