Jun Prof Alexander Westermann


Alexander Westermann studied Molecular Biosciences at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and worked as a visiting scholar in 2009 at UC Berkeley (California, USA). He obtained his PhD and worked as a Postdoc in the lab of Prof. Jörg Vogel at the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) in Würzburg. In 2017 and 2018, he was a visiting researcher in the labs of Prof. Andreas Bäumler (UC Davis, USA) and Prof. David Holden (Imperial College London, UK). Since March 2018, he is a Junior Professor at the IMIB and leads the HOPI group at the HIRI.


A primary cell-based in vitro model of the human small intestine reveals host olfactomedin 4 induction in response to Salmonella Typhimurium infection

Däullary T, Imdahl F, Dietrich O, Hepp L, Krammer T, Fey C, Neuhaus W, Metzger M, Vogel J, Westermann AJ, Saliba AE, Zdzieblo D (2023)

Gut Microbes 15 (1): 2186109DOI: 10.1080/19490976.2023.2186109

RNA recording in single bacterial cells using reprogrammed tracrRNAs

Jiao C, Reckstadt C, König F, Homberger C, Yu J, Vogel J, Westermann AJ, Sharma CM, Beisel CL (2023)

Nature Biotechnology 41 (8): 1107-1116DOI: 10.1038/s41587-022-01604-8


TFEB induces mitochondrial itaconate synthesis to suppress bacterial growth in macrophages

Schuster EM, Epple MW, Glaser KM, Mihlan M, Lucht K, Zimmermann JA, Bremser A, Polyzou A, Obier N, Cabezas-Wallscheid N, …, Westermann AJ, Rambold AS (2022)

Nature Metabolism 4 (7): 856-866DOI: 10.1038/s42255-022-00605-w

The ambivalent role of Bacteroides in enteric infections

Bornet E, Westermann AJ (2022)

Trends in Microbiology 30 (2): 104-108DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2021.11.009

Comparative genomics provides structural and functional insights into Bacteroides RNA biology

Prezza G, Ryan D, Mädler G, Reichardt S, Barquist L, Westermann AJ (2022)

Molecular Microbiology 117 (1): 67-85DOI: 10.1111/mmi.14793